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Mobile App Hosted on Google Cloud Platform Helping Small Farmers in India

To bridge this knowledge gap, Pune-based agritech startup AgroStar has a multi-lingual mobile app hosted on Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

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An even higher number, 74 per cent, lack access to farming-related information. Pixabay

Nearly 70 per cent of small farmers — those cultivating fewer than three acres — in India often find their crops damaged by unforeseen weather and pests. An even higher number, 74 per cent, lack access to farming-related information.

To bridge this knowledge gap, Pune-based agritech startup AgroStar has a multi-lingual mobile app hosted on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) that is helping boost crop yields and encourage sustainable practices for small farmers in the country.

Launched as an on-premise, e-commerce platform selling farm tools in 2008, the firm turned to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to expand its offerings.

The firm now uses Cloud-based analytics and is deploying machine learning (ML) models to provide timely advice in five languages — from seed optimization, crop rotation and soil nutrition to pest control and commodity price forecasting to small farmers.

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Nearly 70 per cent of small farmers — those cultivating fewer than three acres — in India often find their crops damaged by unforeseen weather and pests. Pixabay

“Moving to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) reduced our time to deployment including migrations. Now, we are able to do all the deployment during the day on Kubernetes clusters provided by Google,” Pritesh Gudge, AgroStar, software engineer, told IANS.

The shift to Google Cloud helped the firm speed loan processing, detect crop disease and enhance supply-chain logistics.

AgroStar has reached over a million farmers through its Android app called “the AgroStar Agri-Doctor”. Farmers can also follow local and national market trends that help forecast crop prices.

“Operating in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Odisha, Bihar and Karnataka, AgroStar is closing the knowledge gap with a full-service, cloud-based SaaS solution — the only one of its kind in the country,” informed Gudge.

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“Today, just by clicking through our Android application, farmers learn about new, effective farming practices and receive advice customized to their crop and soil,” Gudge added.

AgroStar is also extending its analytics platform with AI-powered sales planning and forecasting.

Using linear regression models implemented in TensorFlow and powered by Cloud ML Engine, the capability will enhance supply chain logistics as the company scales its operations across India. (IANS)

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YouTube Rolls out ‘YouTube Charts’ in India to Empower Local Artists

YouTube Charts are also available within YouTube Music, including “Top 100” most played songs and “Top 100” music videos globally and locally and “Top 30 Trending” chart

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FILE - Signage is seen inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2015. VOA

Google-owned YouTube on Monday rolled out “YouTube Charts” in India that will showcase country-specific trending music lists, top songs, artists and music videos at one place.

Now available in 56 countries alongside the global chart, “YouTube Charts” has more than two billion global users and 265 million monthly users in India.

“We’ve heard loud and clear from Indian artists, labels and fans that they want a single source of truth to see what’s hot and popular in the world of music. I’m incredibly excited to bring YouTube charts to India,” Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube, said in a statement.

Over the last year, many Indian artists including Guru Randhawa, Badshah, Arijit Singh and Neha Kakkar have reached the YouTube music country charts in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada along with the global chart.

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FILE – Silhouettes are seen in front of a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Oct. 29, 2014. VOA

“Indian artists have truly gone global. Week to week in 2019, on an average 20 per cent of the entries on the ‘Global Top Songs’ chart have featured Indian artists. Their popularity outside India is a testimony of YouTube’s massive global reach and opportunities it offers to artists,” elaborated Pawan Agarwal, Head of Music Partnerships, YouTube & Google Play, India and South Asia at YouTube.

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The YouTube Charts include trending lists, top songs, artists and music videos.

YouTube Charts are also available within YouTube Music, including “Top 100” most played songs and “Top 100” music videos globally and locally and “Top 30 Trending” chart. (IANS)