Contemporary Awards finalists launch new options for crop-tracking app 



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KisanHub, a Cambridge-based agritech agency and finalists of the 2022 FPC Contemporary Awards, has launched various new options for its progressive crop-tracking software program. 

Giles Barker, CEO of KisanHub, co-founded the corporate in 2013 on Cambridge Choose Enterprise Faculty’s ‘Speed up’ programme. “I noticed a chance to use expertise to an business that was but to undergo a “digital revolution” like different industries,” mentioned Giles. 

“In agriculture, like most companies, there’s an enormous quantity of knowledge being generated,” he added. “Primarily based on my expertise and my grandfather’s expertise, plenty of that was nonetheless being performed with pen and paper 50 to 60 years in the past – and to a sure extent once we launched KisanHub in 2013.” 

The enterprise initially approached farmers with its software program, which enabled crop-monitoring knowledge to be recorded offline by way of a cellular app – after which synced to an online platform. Nonetheless, it rapidly pivoted to focus on “packers, processors and grower teams”, which procure crops from a number of farmers after which promote them to supermarkets and huge food-processing companies. 

“The important thing advantage of KisanHub is that it permits everybody concerned in a provide chain to observe crop high quality and yield from seed to sale”, mentioned Jonny Kerley, head of product.

“Our purpose is to offer yield and high quality knowledge as early within the rising stage as potential,” Jonny defined. “Procurement could be very aggressive, fast-paced and sophisticated, and having even a few days’ prior information about crop high quality and its availability can can help you transfer in that market with a bonus. 

“For those who knew seasonal yield averages had been going to be down, for instance, you would possibly

Critically, Jonny added, it will probably additionally assist to cut back meals waste. “For those who develop a crop of potatoes to go on the grocery store cabinets, every thing you do to that crop is to get it to a stage the place it’s ok for grocery store cabinets,” he mentioned. 

“For those who’re conscious that the produce shouldn’t be going to satisfy its specification earlier, you’re extra probably to have the ability to change inputs accordingly or discover an alternate marketplace for it, reasonably than it being thrown out or going for cattle feed.” 

KisanHub lately added a Retailer Monitoring device to the app – complementing its subject monitoring app and enabling knowledge to be gathered as soon as a crop has been harvested and put into retailer. 

“It’s nonetheless the identical crop, it’s simply in a distinct surroundings, and that surroundings necessitates that knowledge is collected another way,” mentioned Jonny. “So far as we’re conscious, we’re the primary to supply an in-app devoted device to observe retailer crops.” 

The corporate has additionally launched weighted parameters, sub-samples and time

“The weighted parameters function permits values to be entered as a weight, then KisanHub will mechanically convert all of them to percentages of pattern weight and calculate the suitability of these crops to be bought to totally different markets,” mentioned Jonny. 

The sub-sample perform converts crop knowledge from totally different elements of a subject into an total ‘market suitability rating’, whereas the time sequence function makes it simpler to trace crop high quality over time. 

KisanHub has been named a finalist within the Agritech and Innovation Excellence classes on the Contemporary Produce Consortium (FPC) Contemporary Awards 2022, which takes place on Friday, September 16. 

“We’re now being recognised by a few of our friends as a thought chief within the sector, which supplies everybody confidence and establishes us as a trusted software program supplier within the business,” mentioned Giles.  

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