AI-enabled farming to reach 500,000 smallholder farmers in Asia

A new partnership between Syngenta Asia Pacific and Plantix will provide farmers across Asia with access to artificial intelligence-enabled farming. Syngenta and image recognition specialist, Plantix, have launched a partnership that is set to provide at least half a million smallholder farmers across the Asia Pacific with access to artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled digital farming tools.

With a rollout covering five countries and 750,000 hectares of farmland, the farming app will widen access to smart farming features for half a million farmers producing staple cash crops such as cotton, rice, corn, wheat, and more.

The partnership gives Asia’s smallholder farmers access to a global database of over 50 crops and 500 diseases, which will be available through Syngenta’s Cropwise Grower app for farmers. The app uses the power of data to protect crop yields with on-demand advice on agricultural best practices and crop protection solutions.

Using AI, Cropwise Grower will allow farmers to take photos of their crop problems and diagnose crop pests and diseases with 93 percent accuracy in real-time. The image is analyzed by the Plantix algorithms to identify the issue and provide a recommendation. The uploaded images are also geotagged so that the app is able to alert farmers with early warnings when pest and disease pressures are identified in their surrounding area.

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