BharatRohan and ABI-ICRISAT Forge Innovative Partnership to Empower Farmers with Drone Technology and Sustainable Solutions

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BharatRohan and ABI-ICRISAT Forge Innovative Partnership to Empower Farmers with Drone Technology and Sustainable Solutions
BharatRohan and ABI-ICRISAT Forge Innovative Partnership to Empower Farmers with Drone Technology and Sustainable Solutions

In this partnership with ABI-ICRISAT, BharatRohan will have the opportunity to gain access to the state-of-the-art research facilities at ICRISAT to strengthen their SeedAssure® service offering for plant breeders.

India, October 17, 2023: BharatRohan, a pioneering agri-tech startup specialising in UAV/drone spectral imaging-based decision support systems (DSS) for farmers, is thrilled to announce a strategic collaboration with ABI-ICRISAT, the Agri-Business Incubator of ICRISAT. This dynamic alliance marks a significant milestone in the field of agricultural technology, poised to revolutionise crop monitoring through hyperspectral technology.

In this partnership with ABI-ICRISAT, BharatRohan will have the opportunity to gain access to the state-of-the-art research facilities at ICRISAT to strengthen their SeedAssure® service offering for plant breeders. SeedAssure®s provides in-depth drone-based data insights to plant breeders to help them perform hybrid evaluation trials and high-throughput phenotyping experiments. They capture parameters like plant height, plant canopy cover, panicle formation, days of flowering, disease severity, water stress, and chlorophyl content using drones. Breeders use this data to develop crop varieties that possess specific traits like drought and disease tolerance. Drones help in collecting this data with minimum human intervention, errors, and bias, with a resolution of 5 cm/pixel and an accuracy of around 95%.

Through ABI-ICRISAT, BharatRohan will also connect with Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs), thereby providing drone crop monitoring services, uplifting farmers’ livelihoods, and ensuring a resilient and sustainable food supply chain.

This partnership serves as a unique platform for networking opportunities within the agriculture industry. This support will solidify the company’s esteemed position in the dynamic agricultural imagery sector.

Rishabh Choudhary, co-founder of BharatRohan, says this partnership represents a quantum leap in our capabilities to harness hyperspectral and multispectral imaging technologies for the betterment of farmers and the agricultural industry at large. ABI-ICRISAT will equip us with agronomy, microbiology, entomology, and pathology knowledge for crops like groundnut, pulses, millets, and maize. We are not merely innovating; we are pioneering a future where agriculture is smarter, more efficient, and more sustainable.

Harshaditya, Remote Sensing Engineer at BharatRohan, emphasised the significance of this partnership, stating, “The R&D on hyperspectral data-driven solutions will be pivotal in developing spectral indices and libraries, essential components in hyperspectral data analysis. The spectroscopy-based hyperspectral technique’s ability to detect crop issues even before they visually manifest will empower us to address challenges like pest infestations, nutrient management, and precision farming.”

Empowering Farmers Through Advanced Imaging: Hyperspectral imaging, a cornerstone in plant pathology, facilitates early disease detection and identification of fungi and rusts. Enhanced with drone technology, it’s pivotal for weed and disease monitoring. Its applications span from early disease detection to quantifying disease severity. Through a strategic partnership with ABI-ICRISAT, BharatRohan will amplify its research in this imaging domain, aiming to bolster its product suite. This collaboration underscores the commitment to harness cutting-edge technology for sustainable farming and a secure food supply chain.

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