The Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence on May 8 received a $2 million grant from Google to develop technologies to reduce crop losses in cotton farming.
This is a part of $25 million in grants from the tech giant. In addition, as a part of Google AI Impact Challenge, the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence will get credit and consulting from Google Cloud and coaching by Google’s AI experts, according to a press statement.
In Wadhwani AI’s project, AI technology, which runs on a basic smartphone, will be able to classify and count pests based on photos of pest traps taken by farmers and agriculture programme workers. This solution can be used to provide millions of farmers with timely, localised advice, thereby reducing crop loss and the over-use of pesticides by improving the timing of usage.