Inspiration

Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for about 58% of India's population. In developing countries like India, one technician is responsible for an average of 1,500 farmers. A lot of times, due to the lack of expert's opinion, farmers face crop failure. This takes a heavy toll on their mental health because they hardly get compensation when their crops fail. In fact, the suicide rate among farmers in India is so high (3.2 million in the last 20 years) that there is an urgent need to address it. So, I create Bali, a virtual agricultural technician.

What it does

Bali is an agricultural assistant that aids farmers in planning, scheduling and keeping them up to date with the climate performance, water situation, seed quality and so on. Bali also helps automate the machines so that it knows when to water or spray.

How I built it

With the help of sensors, real-time crop and farm data as soil quality, irrigation condition, soil moisture, pests condition, etc. will be uploaded to the database and then after careful analysis, it will be available in the dashboard for farmers.

Challenges I ran into

I started the hackathon slightly late so that I didn't have enough time for working with sensors. However, I tried to find related data sets on Kaggle so that I could conduct some visualization and regression on the data. I spent a good time learning python and pandas because I am new to it. Overall it was a good experience.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

The solution to the problem.

What I learned

python, pandas, and scikits

What's next for Bali

I would love to get the hardware setup and actually get it working to help farmers around the globe.

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