In a highly interactive session with the students at TAPMI, Mr. Sarang Vaidya, the Co-Creator of Go4Fresh spoke about “Smart Farming: The Future of Agriculture in the Connected world.” He started off by asking the students about their experience with agriculture, thus bringing forward the fact that despite 85% of the population depend on agriculture, Indians know very little or nothing about the technologies and innovations in it.
He highlighted the fact that agriculture and the supply chain related to it has a large scope of improvement but has not been tapped properly. He said that, “There is a dearth of good skilled people as far as agriculture technology is concerned.” He explained how to tackle the problem faced in this situation and achieve the goal of food reaching a population of nearly 11 billion people by 2050. He went on further to state that about 40% of the food cultivated never reaches the consumers.
In addition to it, he said that Internet of Things(IoT) could help solve this crisis and help in bridging the gap between producers and consumers. He said that these technological innovations in agriculture would be helpful not only for India but also for other developing countries. Thus, he explained how the entire world was a huge market for such an innovation. Stating from his experience, Mr. Vaidya acknowledged government’s initiatives such as “Jan-Dhan Yojana”, which has helped the farmers.
Moving further ahead, Mr. Vaidya explained the working of Go4Fresh, wherein they have two models- one for the farmers and the other for the market. The former would help the farmers in research and with technologies which could help in farming, whereas the latter would cater to the market needs and help in the marketing of the foods. He also mentioned about the geotagging of the supplier and the consumer that could help in tracking of the foods.
He concluded with the hope that he had changed how agriculture technology is viewed by the students. Mr. Sarang Vaidya, left the students to think over new ideas and solutions which could help solve this problem.