Amazon Retail has launched its agronomy services to empower farmers through an initiative that gives them timely advice and enables them to make accurate decisions on actions required for their crops. This includes introducing machine learning technology for better produce and build a robust supply chain infrastructure.
“We are excited by the role we can play in empowering farmers and the agricultural community through pioneering technology that improves farm yield and quality of fruits and vegetables,” said Amazon's Director or Grocery, Food and Health.
As part of the agronomy service launch, Amazon Retail has built an ecosystem through a combination of Agronomist driven field interventions, and farm management tool to track the impact of interventions. Each enrolled farmer partner is onboarded on the farm management tool to provide timely intervention that farmers need and value.
The team of qualified Agronomists offer Agritech expertise to registered farmer partners for better farm yield and improved product quality. Along with it, the Agronomists provide a comprehensive scientific and precise advisory to the farmers.
The program includes proactive and reactive crop plans: Proactive crop plan is based on scientific crop and soil management practices and is aimed to get better yield and quality; Reactive crop plan is an intervention-based initiative where farmers can raise alerts on pests and diseases and get remedial solutions for their farm problems.
Currently, 80 per cent of farmers on-boarded with us have access to a personalised Crop Plan on their mobile app with an ability to raise reactive crop-related queries and get resolution as and when needed.
The second offering of the Amazon Retail agronomy services is an application interface through machine learning and computer-vision-based algorithms.
It simplifies supply chain processes, helps farmers to identify defects (rotting, spots, cuts, mould) in fruits and vegetables, reduces wastage of produce, which in turn will help in ensuring that customers get the best quality of fruits and vegetables.
Amazon Retail is investing to leverage state-of-art technology to build a robust temperature-controlled supply chain infrastructure that reduces shrinkage and provides the freshest quality to customers. Amazon Retail associates use technology to inspect and monitor quality at multiple stages once the produce is sourced from farmers and dispatched to the processing centres.