The age of artificial intelligence: Agri-tech solutions reduce guesswork for farmers in Lucknow

A sensor from Indian start-up Fasal. Its app monitors conditions to ensure the health of crops.
A sensor from Indian start-up Fasal. Its app monitors conditions to ensure the health of crops.PHOTO: FASAL

Growing up, Mr Ananda Prakash Verma watched with a heavy heart as his father tended to their family's cauliflower fields, knowing it was not guaranteed that their efforts would lead to a good harvest.

Like many other families in India's Uttar Pradesh region, Mr Ananda's family income is dependent on the south-west monsoon - which lasts from June to September - for rain, and their crops.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 11, 2019, with the headline 'Agri-tech solutions reduce guesswork for farmers '. Print Edition | Subscribe