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Wheat and Cauliflower Farm

Introduction

Aardra Systems was privileged to collaborate with a local farmer in the agricultural region outside Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The project was centred around deploying our advanced smart irrigation systems in a wheat and cauliflower plantation. With more and more people investing in farming in the region, sustainability and responsible use of resources have emerged as top priorities. The focus of this project was not merely on water conservation but also on leveraging technology to ensure the long-term sustainability and profitability of farming practices.

Water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change and occasionally inefficient agricultural practices, poses a significant challenge in this region. The region’s water supply depends on the Narmada Canal, and with declining water levels becoming a serious concern, it’s imperative to use water efficiently. Our partnership with the farmer aimed to address these issues, ensuring their farming operation’s sustainability and continued growth.

Challenge and Implementation

With farming gaining traction as an attractive investment in regions like Gujarat, sustainable farming practices and efficient water management are increasingly crucial. Our collaboration was designed to confront these challenges. Given the pressing issue of declining water levels in the Narmada Canal and the substantial water requirements of wheat and cauliflower crops, we specifically targeted water conservation.

To tackle these challenges, Aardra Systems recommended and installed a suite of our smart irrigation products. This suite included the Procom (Basic Controller), Valcom (Valve Communicator), Sencom (Sensor Communicator), Sentor (Moisture Sensor), and Valtor (3/4” Valtor).

One notable characteristic of our system is its flexibility, which allowed us to seamlessly integrate with the farmer’s existing setup without major modifications. Since the farm used a gravity-based tank, water pressure wasn’t a significant issue. We were able to design a custom relay switch that synchronised perfectly with the farmer’s existing irrigation setup, further improving the efficiency of the irrigation process.

Results and Impact

Integrating Aardra Systems led to a transformative change in the farmer’s irrigation practices. While the primary focus was on water conservation, an unexpected yet welcome outcome was a noticeable improvement in crop yields. The size of the cauliflower and the wheat yield significantly increased, leading directly to increased earnings for the farmer.

The smart irrigation system’s implementation reduced water usage considerably due to precise watering schedules. This accuracy resulted in significant water savings, proving economically beneficial for the farmer.

Besides water conservation, the system also optimised electricity usage. Even though electricity is subsidised in the region, efficient use has broader benefits. Reduced power consumption decreases demand on power plants, contributing to reduced carbon emissions.

Additionally, automation streamlined human resource usage. The controller’s introduction to managing the farm’s water supply significantly lightened the farmer’s workload, freeing them to focus on other vital aspects of farming.

Conclusion

The successful collaboration between Aardra Systems and the Gujarat farmer serves as a shining example of the potential of integrating smart, sustainable technologies into traditional farming practices. This partnership showed that tackling crucial environmental issues, improving agricultural productivity, and enhancing crop yields through innovative, connected solutions is possible. This project underlines Aardra Systems’ dedication to developing innovative solutions that push the boundaries of sustainable and efficient farming.

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