Ashish Kumar Kushwaha is the Founder and CEO of Farming For All, an Agritech startup from Greater. Noida, India. It is helping farmers use cutting edge technologies to increase their crop yield. Farming For All is promoting a smart way to cultivate, and it helps farmers in monitoring soil moisture levels, PH, temperature, humidity, light etc. in real-time by using an IOT smart data collector.
Farming For All is part of the HexGn Startup Ready Program. A six-month online Startup Acceleration program by HexGn in partnership with Invest India (AGNIi, and Startup India) to boost technology-based entrepreneurs from India.
Farming For All applies a machine-learning algorithm to process each farming field data and give suggestions and forecasts to the farmer. Smart Irrigation Controller allows them to start/stop the water motor on demand via mobile app and act as a network gateway for data collectors and send data to cloud applications via Wifi network or GSM SIM. The mobile application will be a one-stop solution for the farmer to access the marketplace, sell or purchase agriculture input items, and connect with an on-demand agriculture specialist to discuss and solve farming issues.
The platform developed by Ashish Kumar Kushwaha captures soil moisture, PH and other data for every field and maintains historical data for analysis and improvement using smart AI algorithms. The farmers in India are isolated and lack access to expertise; however, the smartphone and internet connectivity has brought them on the global grid.
Farming For All members, can access the broader community of farmers across India, and resolve their queries or find a functional expert for their problem at hand. This will vastly, Improve the productivity of farmers and save time. Integrating various available technologies into one solution makes Farming For All very unique. They are using cloud computing, Internet of things, smart sensors, embedded software, smart devices, machine learning technology to process data and produce scientific fact about the farming field. Using Farming experts and researcher for agriculture knowledge and converting it into digital format, to be used as input for machine learning algorithms (AI).
For Farming For All, Integration of all technologies and launching the product for testing has been a significant milestone, as due to COVID19, sensors were not available online, and markets were closed.
Ashish’s advice to fresh entrepreneurs is that continuous learning and consistency towards the goal is essential for growth. They should develop MVP fast and move into the market and start iterating it based on customer feedback and research. The entrepreneurs should stay focused on the goal and do not stop until they accomplish the goal. When Ashish gets stressed, he takes a break and lends support to underprivileged children and people at Amarpushp Educational and Welfare Society, an NGO working towards children education and women empowerment. He says the smile on the children’s face gives him new energy