The Indian Tech start-ups, MSMEs, Companies, LLPs registered in India under Companies Act can apply. The entity must have 51% or more shareholding with Indian citizen or person of Indian origin. The applicant’s entity should not be a subsidiary company of any foreign corporation.
To encourage participation from academia and industry, participating teams are not mandatorily required to be registered Indian Companies / startups / MSMEs/ LLPs to apply for the Smart-farm Grant Challenge. However, the 4 teams shortlisted at Ideation Stage will be required to apply for registration as Indian Startups/ Company/ MSMEs/ LLPs and submit the proof of having applied at stage of submission of Prototype.
It will be expected that by the time of selection at the final stage, necessary registration will be completed. It may be noted that funds will be transferred only in the bank accounts of Startups/Company / MSMEs / LLPs and not in the bank accounts of individuals.
To address the problem statements identified for Sugarcane Harvest
STPI announces the Smart-farm Grant Challenge for Development of a “Digital solution to predict optimum time of sugarcane harvest”.
The application must have features but not limited to the few indicated below:
1.Should predict optimum time of sugarcane harvest in a given plot area with reasonable accuracy.
2.Should utilize computer simulations and the digital data for reaching accurate results.
3.Should provide plot wise Polling in cane and yield estimate.
4.Estimate the sugar content of all the plots in its catchment area remotely.
5.Should identify the plots which are mature/ ready to harvest.
6.Should identify the poor plots in the initial stage.
7.Should identify command area vs survey area for identification of the forged plots & left out plots.
8.Should identify water stressed plots and inform the exact time of irrigation.
9.Results should be in easily interpretable formats viz graphs, images etc.
10.Results should be validated against the real time digital data.
11.Developed solution should be user friendly (most of processes may be automated).
12.Should be documented elaborately.
13.Low on usage of power/ processor.
14.Should not have any external hardware dependency.
15.Results along with the advisory to be disseminated through mobile app to the farmers and the sugar mills.
The Smart-farm Grant Challenge is open for participation in teams having experts from all domains of a software development life cycle.
The winning team with the best-judged solution will get a contract to deploy their solution for use by Government of India, State Government entities, Government sugar mills for a period of 3 years and will also be given fixed amount of INR 50 Lakh in the first yearand further support of INR 10 lakhs per year for next 2 years after the first year towards Operation & Maintenance of the solution for the Government and dissemination advisory to farmers for next two years.
All teams including the winning team shall be free to market the product to any entity outside the user agency with consent of MeitY, if required.