UK, India experts explore smart tech solution for Indian farmers

According to experts from India and the United Kingdom, harnessing smartphone technology could help Indian farmers make better business decisions and tackle the sustainable cooling challenges being faced by the country.

The potential of smart technology was highlighted, which was launched on 24 April 2019 by the University of Birmingham, which is working along with the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and MP Ensystems to uncover the cooling needs of farmers in the states of Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.

Key Findings are:-

1. The findings are a part of a four-point “roadmap” developed by the experts, which includes promoting new business models that involve communities taking charge of their own cooling needs and establishing ‘living labs’ in rural communities where new technology can be tested among many other things.
2. According to them, we must build capacity while demonstrating the efficiency of new technology that people will be able to use and afford easily.
3. The findings of the report titled ‘Promoting Clean and Energy Efficient Cold-Chains in India’ suggest that using mobile apps and data analysis to manage harvesting and logistics could help reduce the amount of food wasted between farm gate and supermarket shelf while boosting farmers’ incomes and reducing the environmental impact of much-needed food cooling.
4. As per the experts, the increased penetration of mobile-based apps and technologies in rural areas increases the potential for an information-based system to help make informed marketing decisions and boost farmers’ incomes.
5. According to them, we must build capacity while demonstrating the efficiency of new technology that people will be able to use and afford easily.

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