Agriculture in India boasts it is the single largest economic activity in the country, employing about 40% of the population and feeding just over a billion people. By 2030 the Indian population will account for 18% of the total world population. In order to provide good quality grains and cereals to their home, farmers need to employ intelligent and cost efficient farming practices which maximize production while minimizing the use of precious resources such as water and nutrients.
This can be achieved by deploying sensors and applying the principles of the Web of Things. The immediate goal is to provide growers with the ability to precisely monitor and control the use of water and nutrients to plants in these production settings, based upon daily plant requirements. An example of such a Web of Things application is AgriSenseBox – an instance of the 52°North SenseBox project.