Indian State Telangana to Introduce AI-Based Quality Check for Agri-Crops

The Telangana Government’s IT department plans to introduce an AI-based quality assaying model, reports Analytics India. The tool would help ascertain the quality of crops brought to procurement centres across the State. Telangana is one of the five Southern states in India. 

The AI-based quality assaying model will determine the grade, quality, moisture, and other parameters in paddy, red, and Bengal gram and will also deliver the report in just a minute. In addition, it will be used for other crops, including fruits and vegetables.

The model will ensure that farmers are not at the mercy of selection officers at procurement centres in finalising the grade and quality of grains. The TSTS-ITE&C department has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hyderabad-based Nebulaa Innovations Private Limited. The solution will benefit farmers, civil supplies, and agriculture departments at the procurement centres.

Under the existing process, the selection officers take a handful of grains and rub them in their hands to decide the moisture content in grains, their colour and size. The official said that conventional quality testing methods lead to disputes as it is done manually. The AI-based quality assaying model would be faster and more objective in classifying grades and other parameters.

Under this model, a few grain samples will be placed in a tray of the AI-based machine, which captures 360 degrees images of the grains. Then, based on the algorithm in the system, it identifies the type of grains (paddy, Red gram or Bengal Gram), colour, moisture content, size, immature, shrunk or shrivelled grains, presence of foreign matter (organic or inorganic), the official explained.

When a farmer gets his stocks to the procurement centre, a lot is issued to his supplies. Officials can take four to five samples and assign unique numbers to each sample to avoid duplication.

This report can also help alter farming practices. For example, the report gives a detailed analysis of chemical content in the samples and based on this, the farmer can change the use of fertilisers or the crop pattern to get better yields, the official said.

Officials have already presented a demonstration to Markfed authorities in the city recently, and their response was encouraging. The official said an AI-based system is presently used in Haryana and Rajasthan.