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STPI Organises Smart Farm Grant Challenge

The Smart-farm Grant Challenge would be in three (3) stages.

Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) has announced Smart-farm Grant Challenge for Development of a “Digital solution to predict optimum time of sugarcane harvest”. The program will identify impactful solutions from start-ups to address the problem statements identified for sugarcane harvest.

STPIWho Can Apply

The Indian Tech start-ups, MSMEs, Companies, LLPs registered in India under Companies Act can apply. The entity must have 51% or more shareholding with an Indian citizens or persons of Indian origin. The applicant’s entity should not be a subsidiary company of any foreign corporation. To encourage participation from academia and industry, participating teams are not mandatorily required to be registered Indian Companies/startups / MSMEs/ LLPs to apply for the Smart-farm Grant Challenge. However, the 4 teams shortlisted at Ideation Stage will be required to apply for registration as Indian Startups/ Company/ MSMEs/ LLPs and submit the proof of having applied at stage of submission of Prototype.

 The application must have features but not limited to the few indicated below:

  1. Should predict optimum time of sugarcane harvest in a given plot area with reasonable accuracy.
  2. Should utilise computer simulations and the digital data for reaching accurate results.
  3. Should provide plot wise Polling in cane and yield estimate.
  4. Estimate the sugar content of all the plots in its catchment area remotely.
  5. Should identify the plots which are mature/ ready to harvest.
  6. Should identify the poor plots in the initial stage.
  7. Should identify command area vs survey area for identification of the forged plots & left out plots.
  8. Should identify water stressed plots and inform the exact time of irrigation.
  9. Results should be in easily interpretable formats viz graphs, images etc.
  10. Results should be validated against the real time digital data.
  11. Developed solution should be user friendly (most of processes may be automated).
  12. Should be documented elaborately.
  13. Low on usage of power/ processor.
  14. Should not have any external hardware dependency.
  15. Results along with the advisory to be disseminated through mobile app to the farmers and the sugar mills.

Selection Process

The Smart-farm Grant Challenge would be in three (3) stages:

Blind Review: An expert panel (hereinafter referred to as Jury) from MeitY, STPI, DCM Shriram Sugar Mills, Academia, Industry, etc. will evaluate the proposals and will shortlist 25 proposals.

The total duration of the Smart-farm Grant Challenge would be around 12 months/ 1 year (ideation, prototype and product stage).

The last date of submission is June 08, 2022 and the shortlisted applicants will be announced on June 23, 2022.

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Nitisha Dubey

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