C-DAC Unveils Smart Farm System on Foundation Day, Revolutionizing Agriculture

Indigenously Developed Technology Aims to Boost Farm Efficiency and Crop Yields

Pune, India – On the auspicious occasion of its 37th Foundation Day, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Pune has unveiled a groundbreaking innovation set to transform agriculture: the SMART FARM System. This farmer-friendly technology, developed entirely in India, promises to optimize irrigation and fertilization processes based on real-time environmental and soil data, ensuring maximum crop yield and sustainability.

C-DAC, a Scientific Society under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, has long been at the forefront of technological advancement, particularly in High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The institution’s dedication to innovation has consistently earned global recognition, with its AI Supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’ securing the 75th position among the world’s top 500 supercomputers.

Colonel A. K. Nath (Retd.), Executive Director of C-DAC Pune, expressed his excitement about the launch of the SMART FARM System, emphasizing its potential to revolutionize agriculture. “This system marks a significant step towards the future of farming. By leveraging advanced technology, we empower farmers to make informed decisions that enhance productivity while conserving resources,” he stated.

The SMART FARM System operates by monitoring various environmental parameters such as soil moisture, pH levels, temperature, humidity, and rainfall. Utilizing this data, the system provides real-time insights and recommendations to farmers through a user-friendly graphical interface. By adopting smart farming practices, growers can optimize resource usage, minimize costs, and contribute to environmental sustainability.

Anish Satya, a key contributor to the project from C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram, highlighted the system’s technical capabilities and affordability. “Designed specifically for Indian farming conditions, the SMART FARM System offers a comprehensive solution tailored to the needs of local farmers. With features like wireless data collection, SMS alerts, and remote control via mobile applications, it empowers farmers to maximize crop yields efficiently,” he explained.

The SMART FARM System comes in three variants, with the base model priced at approximately ₹25,000. Despite its advanced features, the system remains affordable, making it accessible to farmers across the country. C-DAC is currently in discussions with manufacturers to ensure widespread availability of the technology in the market.

In addition to its technological innovations, C-DAC Pune is embarking on a new chapter with the development of its academic campus in Chikhali. Scheduled to be inaugurated on Gudi Padwa, the new campus will provide state-of-the-art facilities for education and training programs in electronics and information technology. With an estimated budget of ₹75 crore, the campus aims to nurture skilled manpower essential for driving India’s digital transformation.

As C-DAC continues to push the boundaries of technological innovation, the launch of the SMART FARM System underscores its commitment to empowering Indian farmers and revolutionizing the agricultural sector.

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