Chandigarh University comes to the aid of Indian farmers; develops an AI-based mobile application to detect crop diseases – ThePrint

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], Dec. 28 (ANI / PRNewswire): Among the many problems facing Indian farmers, the disease problem in crops has caused major losses to the farming community.

According to one estimate, Indian farmers suffer an annual loss of Rs. 90,000 crore due to pests and diseases, which destroy the growing crops in the field. Chandigarh University has come forward to save Indian farmers from the growing problem of crop loss due to disease.

The Research and Development Department of Chandigarh University has developed an artificial intelligence-based mobile application that will detect crop diseases at an early stage of the agricultural cycle. This will help farmers make arrangements before the disease spreads in healthy crops. SEED Scientist F, NCSTC Division, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, Dr Rashmi Singh launched the mobile app with Research Dean Professor Sanjeet Singh of Chandigarh University.

While giving details on the mobile application, the inventor and scientist of the project from the University of Chandigarh, Amit Verma, said: “Diseases like cut worms, the potato moth are common among potatoes. Late blight and late blight of tomatoes seriously damage the crop. To combat these diseases and many others, this detection app can be used to identify and detect disease in these crops to increase agricultural production. Amit Verma explained that the mobile app works on three-step disease detection, based on image processing that matches the current image of the crop with that of the crop infected with the disease. Using the pattern matching technique, the application causes any significant changes in the leaves, stems or branches. In addition, the mobile app offers suggestions for further treating the disease depending on the stage of the crop damaged by pests and insects. The application will be able to detect 39 diseases in two crops while the study to extend the detection to 19 other crops is currently underway.

Professor Sanjeet Singh, Dean of Research at Chandigarh University, said: “It took six months for the application to be fully designed and tested and the research was funded by the university’s research department. . Chandigarh University has formed a special research group to carry out advanced projects in the field of agriculture and in the past three years the research group has filed 31 patents in the field of agriculture and l agriculture, which will soon be launched in the market that will help Indian farmers overcome their many problems, Professor Sanjeet added.

During the launch of the early disease detection app, Dr Rashmi Sharma, DST Scientist F (SEED, NCSTC Division) of the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi praised the role of Chandigarh University in the research of sustainable solutions to the challenges facing farmers with the launch of this early warning app and will help farmers across India to overcome crop losses.

Dr Sharma, while further explaining, said that the University of Chandigarh had good results in terms of research, which shows the great character of University of Chandigarh towards society, as this app will help people million farmers across Punjab and India. As India further advances in research and innovation with the 8th rank in artificial intelligence with 4000 patents filed in the past 5 years, it shows India’s competence in research using the artificial intelligence. Explaining the benefits of the application, the eminent scientist Dr Rashmi Sharma extensively explained the harmful effects of pesticides used in crop protection and their effects on farmers in terms of deadly diseases like cancer.

Chandigarh University Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu said Chandigarh University has always played a leading role in research and innovation and has been successful on all fronts to help society achieve find sustainable solutions to emerging challenges.

In order to promote research and innovation, the University of Chandigarh has 30 research groups, 14 laboratories in collaboration with industry where 800 researchers are working on various research projects and the university has allocated a budget of Rs. 12 crores per year for R&D activities, he added.

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