Japan’s CEO of SenSprout, Lisa Kikuchi designs a sensor that measures the properties of the soil helping farmers. It’s a tube-like structure and the sensor is placed at the bottom. The sensor connects to the internet that measures soil moisture and temperature of the soil.
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“A farmer will be able to understand what’s going on in the soil. From their house, even when they’re traveling abroad. We’re going to use a software that the farmers can use to automatically control the water,” she added.
Also, she said that they’re going to get the information on fertilizers which says the concentrations to be added to the crops.
In addition to this, “Japan is encouraging new ideas in agriculture and got three years of funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries. We still need support from the government because it’s not something that can become profitable in an overnight.”
“First of all, we have to wait for the plants to grow for experimental results. The sensors will be loaned to farmers during the trial. Now, SenSprout has some customers who pay $1000 per sensor.” exclaims CEO.
One of the farmers who bought this device states that they used to rely on their gut feeling and instinct about how much water to give, but there was no way of finding out how accurate they were. That’s why the product like this will be useful to the farmers.
All the soil properties like moisture content, temperature and the water to the crops are observed in the server and are crucial to every farmer in this present world.