Rallis India showcased efforts to leverage
remote sensing and AI for crop monitoring
Mumbai | June 20, 2023: Rallis India Limited, a leading player in the Indian Agri inputs industry showcased its state-of-the-art digital agriculture initiative called, Drishti and its application for monitoring hybrid seed production farms during the three-day meeting of the Agriculture Ministers under the Agriculture Working Group (AWG) of the G-20 countries. The event, which was held in Hyderabad from June 15th to 17th, provided an opportunity to showcase Drishti at the global stage.
Drishti is the company’s flagship digital initiative, aimed at climate-smart agriculture. In collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services Limited, Rallis co-developed Drishti, a ground-breaking decision intelligence and crop monitoring system that harnesses the power of space-borne remote sensing and artificial intelligence (AI) to generate predictive advisories on crop conditions, soil moisture, pest outbreaks and more.
During the event, Rallis’ stall engaged with visitors, including prominent figures such as Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Honourable Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and President ICAR; Shri Kailash Choudhary, Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Saoud AL Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Water Resource, Oman; Francesco Lollobrigida, Minister of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forests, Italy; QU Dongyu, The FAO Director-General, and Dr. P. Chandra Shekara, Director General, National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management, to name a few.
Talking about the initiative, Sanjiv Lal, MD & CEO, Rallis India, said, “With India getting the G20 presidency, it’s an opportunity for us to showcase critical industry relevant solutions. This puts AI to use to bring the best services to support farmers. Rallis India’s mission is to serve farmers through science. The predictive analytics from this tool helps the hybrid seed production function to spot upcoming risks and opportunities. It allows identification of the problem areas remotely, thus significantly saving time and human efforts. We have been seeing very encouraging responses from the fields and are greatly encouraged by the feedback received at this G20 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting.”
Rallis India Limited, a subsidiary of Tata Chemicals, has established a reputation of being a trusted solutions provider for agri-inputs, globally, with an accent on innovation, a thorough knowledge of farm science, and a penetrative distribution network. The company has been using Drishti for internal planning to improve resilience toward climate change, monitoring hybrid seed production farms, and providing advisories to farmers and seed growers.
During the FY23, the company was conferred with the CII-DX Award under the ‘Most Innovative’ category and the NASSCOM Enterprise Cloud Adoption Awards ‘22 for leveraging Drishti to monitor its HSP farms and for internal planning.