SNAP

Solving N-Problems

Maximising yield by optimising fertiliser inputs, using an optical imaging device which calculates the Concentration of Nitrogen in a leaf

Use Case

Ram Singh, a farmer in Punjab, uses urea as if it was food for the crops, instead of medicine. His conclusion for continuously decreasing yields was wrongly drawn out to be under-fertilisation, instead of over-fertilisation. His 10 acres fall prey to the excessive acidity of soil. He comes to know about ‘SNAP’ and decides to buy it. He captures the crop leaf photo, across the field, using SNAP and gets the NDVI value. He takes this value to a fertiliser vendor, who uses the SNAP App to get the required fertiliser inputs. The results were soon visible and every farmer was perplexed. Ram Singh now has the greenest fields with 65 % more crop yields and 2X profits. Later, he even buys a smartphone to calculate the requirements himself and pre-orders fertiliser on phone, at cheapest prices.

Potential

With 50+ % of world's food production and 500+ Million farmers dependent on fertilizers today, SNAP can bring about a precision agriculture revolution, by optimizing fertilizer inputs and improving yield outputs. Over-fertilisation can be kerbed to the root level. Environmental consequences of over-fertilization; like land degradation, groundwater pollution, and chemical bioaccumulation in consumers, can be diminished significantly. Improving crop yields will result in better supply-demand cycles. The Indian government can save up to 40% in fertilizer subsidies, which are equivalent to a few billion dollars. Investing just 100 $ on SNAP, even a marginal farmer with only 1-acre of land, can get up to 90% more profits with a decrease in fertilizer expends by 40%.

Business Case

Lack of precision agriculture technology, the limited cultivable land across the world, and non-adaptive heuristic farming, makes food productivity and farmer's income a critical issue. SNAP is developed to be 'Affordable, Accessible, & Accurate'. The device costs 100$ and has an effective payback of < 1 crop season. Being handy and battery-powered, SNAP can be operated even by traditional marginal farmers in remote areas. On average, results up to 86% accuracy have been achieved already. The device owned by the farmer will follow the Razor-Blade model, and have a minor recurring cost of 2-3 $/ annum for replacement of illumination sources. With 500+ Million target users, cheap components, and support from government and Agtech organisations, the concept can be a socio-economic wonder.

Objectives:

  1. To maximise crop yields by optimising the fertilizer inputs and abandoning the over-fertilization practice forever
  2. To uplift the farmers’ community by increasing their revenue and reducing their unnecessary expenditure
  3. To collaborate with other establishments working for a similar cause and bring about a precision agriculture revolution

Team Tasveer

Roorkee, India

Our Team

Invited by the Spurs! / Published February 4, 2017 by Abhishek Gupta

Invited by the Spurs!

Our team member, Ekdeep Singh Lubana, who invented the methodology, before having us all involved in the prototype designing, has been invited to the "International Conference on Sustainable Agricultural Engineering, 2017" for an Oral Presentation on the topic "A novel methodology for using digital cameras to calculate spectral parameters".

We wish him luck.

Oh! And by the way, you can see an NBA reference in the title; the guy is a die hard fan of the team ( Won't stop talking about them :P )

Field testing: 2.0 / Published January 15, 2017 by Ekdeep Singh Lubana

Field testing: 2.0

All of us are fully engrossed in doing trips everywhere we can, to collect more and more info, create a tonne of awareness, and try bringing about the revolution we aim for.
One of us is in a village meeting officials, one of us is busy creating awareness amongst the general masses, and one of us is trying to improve the product as much as possible. Could this team get any better?

Say Cheese / Published January 15, 2017 by Nitin Sethi

Say Cheese

We went around our campus sharing our idea with people, involving them in a doodle fiesta.

Field Trip: Polyhouse Visit / Published January 15, 2017 by Ankit Bagaria

Field Trip: Polyhouse Visit

On the recommendation of Mr Rajesh Saini, the Sarpanch of village Meerpur, Uttarakhand, team Tasveer visited the polyhouses owned by Mr Anuj Kumar, Mr Virendra Chauhan, and Mr Ramesh Chand (all the three are Meerpur residents).

The visit was indeed quite insightful, for we got to know of an another amazing solution to solve the upcoming world food crisis.

Polyhouse farming is an upcoming agricultural practice, gaining its foothold in rural India. It reduces dependency on rainfall & makes the optimum use of land and water resources. Polyhouse farming can help the farmer generate income around the year growing multiple, seasonal crops during an off-season. This technique enables to grow crops throughout year irrespective of the season. Moreover, the quality of produce is better than the open field cultivation, with the yield being around 4-8 times more.

The Polyhouses are amazingly well constructed and can control a spectrum of parameters, to meet the desirable needs and hence improve yields. It is the most efficient method of drip irrigation, and can help reduce the irrigation inputs by 70% when compared to the flood irrigation ones.

Exploring about fertilisers, we got to know that the fertiliser efficiency increases by 30% in a polyhouse. Our guess-estimates, when collaborated with this information, produces a tonne of bright results.

Firstly, a 30% increase in efficiency and a 65% increase in yield via our technology make a farmer amazingly well adept in fighting the upcoming world food crisis.

We met up with officials from the Development Office, Uttarakhand. The officials were quite intrigued with our product. We had a little chat on the prospects and the abilities that the two techniques, in collaboration, can achieve. The energy was flowing inside-out the room.

We are grateful to Sarpanch, Mr Rajesh Saini, for bringing such an interesting and new project of the Government, to our notice. Also, a big shoutout to Mr Anuj Kumar.

We Famous : ShARE covers Tasveer / Published January 15, 2017 by Vinam Arora

We Famous : ShARE covers Tasveer

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Our Mission

South Asian, African and South American countries like India, China, Brazil, Pakistan etc. hold almost half of the world population. Despite technological advancements and urbanization, a large number of residents of these regions still depend on small scale agriculture with almost no technological help. Our team aims to solve one of the most overlooked menace of agriculture which has wide repercussions on climate change, soil quality, and yields; i.e. Over-fertilization. We intend to bring, the otherwise highly expensive, personalized soil analysis solutions to the most basic of the food-providers of the world.

Our Background

Our team hails from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. Ekdeep Singh Lubana is an Electronics and Communications Engineering sophomore by the day and an inventor and experimenter by the night, with a knack to disassemble and reassemble everything in sight. On one of his such intellectual trip, he ended up inventing a solution for one of the biggest problems in agriculture. He holds the patent for the unique product that aims to solve the problem. Ankit Bagaria is a Chemical Engineering student and is adept with numbers and statistics. He holds interest in innovative technological applications to solve everyday problems. Nitin Sethi is an Electronics and Communications Engineering student. With interests lying in technology and its application to educate people efficiently, he brings the much needed experience with operation of various media. Vinam Arora, an Electronics and Communications Engineering sophomore, is a designer and guitarist amongst many other things; Breadboards, transistors and resistors are his best friends. Abhishek Gupta studies Polymer Science and is a jack of all trades. His interests lie in behavioral economics aspect of public policy applications.

Invited by the Spurs! / Published February 4, 2017 by Abhishek Gupta

Invited by the Spurs!

Our team member, Ekdeep Singh Lubana, who invented the methodology, before having us all involved in the prototype designing, has been invited to the "International Conference on Sustainable Agricultural Engineering, 2017" for an Oral Presentation on the topic "A novel methodology for using digital cameras to calculate spectral parameters".

We wish him luck.

Oh! And by the way, you can see an NBA reference in the title; the guy is a die hard fan of the team ( Won't stop talking about them :P )

Field testing: 2.0 / Published January 15, 2017 by Ekdeep Singh Lubana

Field testing: 2.0

All of us are fully engrossed in doing trips everywhere we can, to collect more and more info, create a tonne of awareness, and try bringing about the revolution we aim for.
One of us is in a village meeting officials, one of us is busy creating awareness amongst the general masses, and one of us is trying to improve the product as much as possible. Could this team get any better?

Say Cheese / Published January 15, 2017 by Nitin Sethi

Say Cheese

We went around our campus sharing our idea with people, involving them in a doodle fiesta.

Field Trip: Polyhouse Visit / Published January 15, 2017 by Ankit Bagaria

Field Trip: Polyhouse Visit

On the recommendation of Mr Rajesh Saini, the Sarpanch of village Meerpur, Uttarakhand, team Tasveer visited the polyhouses owned by Mr Anuj Kumar, Mr Virendra Chauhan, and Mr Ramesh Chand (all the three are Meerpur residents).

The visit was indeed quite insightful, for we got to know of an another amazing solution to solve the upcoming world food crisis.

Polyhouse farming is an upcoming agricultural practice, gaining its foothold in rural India. It reduces dependency on rainfall & makes the optimum use of land and water resources. Polyhouse farming can help the farmer generate income around the year growing multiple, seasonal crops during an off-season. This technique enables to grow crops throughout year irrespective of the season. Moreover, the quality of produce is better than the open field cultivation, with the yield being around 4-8 times more.

The Polyhouses are amazingly well constructed and can control a spectrum of parameters, to meet the desirable needs and hence improve yields. It is the most efficient method of drip irrigation, and can help reduce the irrigation inputs by 70% when compared to the flood irrigation ones.

Exploring about fertilisers, we got to know that the fertiliser efficiency increases by 30% in a polyhouse. Our guess-estimates, when collaborated with this information, produces a tonne of bright results.

Firstly, a 30% increase in efficiency and a 65% increase in yield via our technology make a farmer amazingly well adept in fighting the upcoming world food crisis.

We met up with officials from the Development Office, Uttarakhand. The officials were quite intrigued with our product. We had a little chat on the prospects and the abilities that the two techniques, in collaboration, can achieve. The energy was flowing inside-out the room.

We are grateful to Sarpanch, Mr Rajesh Saini, for bringing such an interesting and new project of the Government, to our notice. Also, a big shoutout to Mr Anuj Kumar.

We Famous : ShARE covers Tasveer / Published January 15, 2017 by Vinam Arora

We Famous : ShARE covers Tasveer

https://www.facebook.com/shareiitr

ShARE (Sharing Analyses of Regional Economics) trains and connects bright students with companies to discuss issues that will shape the society of tomorrow.

Our Team

Our Mission

South Asian, African and South American countries like India, China, Brazil, Pakistan etc. hold almost half of the world population. Despite technological advancements and urbanization, a large number ...Read More

Our Background

Our team hails from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. Ekdeep Singh Lubana is an Electronics and Communications Engineering sophomore by the day and an inventor and experimenter by ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.