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Indo Israel Centre of Excellance

Introduction

Aardra Systems had the distinct privilege of collaborating with the Indo-Israel Centre of Excellence for Vegetables, located in Gharaunda, Haryana, India. We embarked on an inspiring project to showcase the efficiency of our smart irrigation solutions in a garlic plantation. Our shared objective was not only to address the pressing global issue of water scarcity, intensified by climate change and sometimes inefficient agricultural practices but also to adapt, improvise and leverage advanced technology. By doing so, we aimed to ensure the sustainability of agriculture in an era of changing environmental conditions.

Context and Challenges

Water is a depleting resource in India, as in many parts of the world. Agriculture, a major industry, frequently contributes to the misuse and waste of this precious resource. Coupled with a receding groundwater level and increasingly harsh summers due to global warming, the agriculture sector faces a dual challenge: preserving water while ensuring steady agricultural growth.

Agricultural institutions like the Centre of Excellence are responsible for conserving water and safeguarding the progression and well-being of crops that farmers depend upon for their livelihood. Therefore, they are open to innovative solutions to help farmers maintain and enhance their crop growth, income, and overall well-being.

Aardra Systems Installation

To confront these challenges, Aardra Systems suggested and implemented a range of products in a specified half-acre garlic plantation. The installed devices included Procom (Basic Controller), Valcom (Valve Communicator), Sencom (Sensor Communicator), Sentor (Moisture Sensor), and Valtor (1.5” Valtor).

One of the distinctive attributes of our system is its design flexibility, which allowed us to seamlessly integrate it into the existing setup without necessitating any significant changes. This advantage became especially apparent when addressing the existing 5000-litre tank and electric manual pump. We designed a bespoke relay switch that triggered the pump whenever the valve was activated, augmenting the operational efficiency of the existing setup.

This novel solution was tailored to work in harmony with the existing drip irrigation system on the plantation, demonstrating our commitment to creating smart irrigation systems that can easily blend with and enhance existing agricultural infrastructures.

Results: Improved Resource Efficiency and Crop Health

After one year of operation, the Centre provided us with remarkable feedback:

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    Water Savings: There was a 60% reduction in water usage compared to manual methods, complementing the water-saving benefits of drip irrigation. This substantial decrease in water consumption is a promising step towards sustainable farming practices.

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    Improved Crop Growth: The Centre noticed better growth in the garlic crop, which is directly tied to market value. Improved yield means increased farmer income, fostering economic sustainability with environmental stewardship.

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    Energy Savings: Alongside water savings, there was a noticeable electricity usage reduction. Even though electricity is often provided free or heavily subsidised in the region, using it efficiently has multiple benefits. Reduced electricity consumption means lower demand from power plants, which helps decrease carbon emissions and contributes to climate change mitigation efforts. Hence, the project also helped reduce the Centre's carbon footprint.

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    Optimized Human Resources: Irrigation automation through our controller eased the burden on farmers who traditionally had to manually switch the water supply on and off. This freed their time to focus on other essential farming tasks, promoting efficiency and productivity.

Conclusion

The partnership between Aardra Systems and the Indo-Israel Centre of Excellence for Vegetables vividly illustrates the immense potential of integrating advanced, sustainable technology into conventional farming practices. The myriad of tangible benefits of this collaboration highlights such an amalgamation’s transformative power.

There was a considerable reduction in water consumption, with a striking 60% decrease reported, contributing significantly to water conservation efforts. This becomes increasingly pertinent considering the global context of dwindling water resources, a challenge further amplified by climate change and inefficient water usage in agriculture. Implementing our smart irrigation system allowed for more precise and efficient watering, which is environmentally responsible and economically beneficial to the farmer.

Beyond water conservation, the project also led to optimised energy use. Although electricity is heavily subsidised or even free in certain regions, the efficient usage of it has far-reaching benefits. Reduced power consumption lowers the demand on power plants, leading to fewer carbon emissions and thus contributing to the fight against climate change.

Additionally, the enhanced growth of the garlic plants is a testament to the effectiveness of our technology. Better crop yields invariably lead to improved market value, thus directly boosting the farmer’s income and the overall prosperity of the agricultural community.

The introduction of automation also led to an effective utilisation of human resources. The irrigation controller’s role in managing the farm’s water supply lightened the farmers’ load, freeing them to concentrate on other crucial farming tasks. This illustrates how automation can play a vital role in improving the productivity and well-being of the farming community.

Our successful collaboration with the Indo-Israel Centre of Excellence for Vegetables emphasises Aardra Systems’ dedication to pioneering innovative solutions that address urgent environmental challenges while enhancing agricultural productivity. As we continue our ongoing partnership with the Centre, we remain committed to pushing the boundaries of technology, constantly innovating, and redefining what’s possible in our shared pursuit of sustainable and efficient farming.

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