Syngenta introduces new feature in app to identify pest attack on crops

The new feature - Crop Doctor - has been introduced in its Cropwise Grower App, which was launched in August this year, the company said in a statement

PTIUpdated: Saturday, November 19, 2022, 05:21 PM IST
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Global agriculture firm Syngenta has introduced a feature in its mobile application to identify pest or disease attack on crops.

The new feature - Crop Doctor - has been introduced in its Cropwise Grower App, which was launched in August this year, the company said in a statement.

Susheel Kumar, MD and Country Head, Syngenta India, said globally farmers are facing challenges, including climate change, soil erosion and biodiversity loss.

The newly added feature will be very helpful for farmers, he added.

"Using Crop Doctor feature, all a farmer needs to do is click a photo from the Cropwise Grower app; Crop Doctor will help identify pests or diseases, and details of which Syngenta products are to be used," said Sachin Kamra, Head, Farmer Centric Ecosystem, Syngenta India Pvt Ltd.

The app is available in 10 major languages and features for 10 major crops namely paddy, tomato, corn, watermelon, cotton, soyabean, hot pepper, sugarcane, potato, and sweet corn.

"Our app has been installed by more than three lakh farmers in just 75 days," said Kamra.

Syngenta said drone services are being expanded across India in a DAAS (Drone as a Service) model.

"Currently, our commercial spray operations are live in five states - Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana," said Kamra.

A unique 'Drone Yatra', which was flagged off from Syngenta India headquarters on July 15 this year, travelled to 13 states, making over 15,000 farmers aware of best practices in spraying agro-chemicals with the use of drones, which will save their time and cost - thus increasing income in the long run.

"During Syngenta Drone Yatra, over 130 demonstrations were made to farmers, with the focus on highlighting the value of drone spraying in agriculture. The Drone Yatra covered over 17,000 km across India," said KC Ravi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Syngenta India.

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