Today is the World Food Day and on this monumental day moving away from the traditional paradigm associated with Food for feeding the hungry, let us create a new paradigm- a paradigm of ensuring quality Food for everyone so that from filling the belly we move to a new proposition of filling it with quality nutrients. The introduction of quality into food for all is an idea that now needs to be grounded firmly and the catalytic tool for grounding would be the digital technology in agriculture riding on testing and traceability that ensures quality and create a good feeling about the concept of quality with food.
The path to establishing the paradigm of quality food for billions began with focusing on the application of different data sets pertaining to weather, soil, and water at the input level. At the output level application of data sets started becoming manifest in yield, supply chain, and in the markets. On the path of evolution, sensing of data through spatial, temporal, compositional, and agronomic models- the path that AgNext is laying would facilitate in ushering in a new era where whenever food is being talked about, it would be talked with reference to quality and building up a datastage.
To ensure quality efforts are being organized through a 2-pronged strategy of sensing and solutions, where sense will be being driven by engineering while solutions being guided by sciences.
Successful technology is only in the business of selling progress, and not selling products and this is what AgNext aspires to do-to collaborate and change the echo system of the food industry riding on technology to talk about it with reference to quality and quality only.
It is digitisation of food that has to be focused upon to convert quality food for billions into a reality.
An effort of 5 months of the growth cycle of a crop is subjectively evaluated within 5 minutes. Improper and adulterated admixtures lead to a loss of 10% of the product value while the lack of quality testing processes at the farmgate further erode the valuation of the product by 5%, but coupled with it is the loss of trust in the quality of the product which is difficult to monetise.
AgNext’s range of technologies has the solution to address the challenges of the food echo system from the production to the processing stage, providing value addition at each stage, which hitherto was not at all an area being talked about. Through the solutions of AgNext subjectivity in assessment of the food can be done away with as it believes in the idea that science of lab needs to merge with a sense of people to make consumers and growers aware of the importance of quality in food.
The systems of food developed by AgNext have the ability to sense food within 30 seconds and it has the potential to disrupt the value chain as no innovation so far has been able to provide results within 30 seconds at a cost which is minimal.
There are more than 33000 edible varieties of plants available on our planet but the world deals only with 9 plant species accounting for 66% of global food production. With leveraging data through the applications, the net can be cast wider and it would have a significant bearing on addressing the issues of hunger.
The use of AI and data analysis can facilitate in analysing the content part of the new food that technology can help in launching in the market. Diversification of the palette would also help in reducing the load on the traditionally grown crops.
The integration of various facets of technology would facilitate in realising the objectives of the world food day- Grow, Nourish, Sustain together and AgNext is committed to this mission through its cutting edge of technologies which has the potential to address each node of the value chain.