Basharat Ahmed Bhat, a Srinagar-based researcher is aiming to revolutionize apple cultivation by providing a smart app to farmers which will change the way apple cultivation is done in Kashmir. Basharat says that given the fact that apple is a principal Jammu and Kashmir export product, the absence of the right data and on-spot farming updates has inflicted undue losses on the region’s farmers. In a bid to find a solution and give farmers a mobile application for the same, Basharat came up with an AI-driven Decision Support system in the form of a mobile application called ‘Apple Doc’.
“The app is going to provide real-time information and expert help on weather advisory, use of chemicals, soil sampling and all other information. Our aim is to let the farmers know what kind of farming approach to take based on their farm soil, what kind of chemicals fertilizer to use or avoid when to go for pesticides, and how to prepare for bad weather, etc. All this information will help our orchardists to increase the apple produce and most importantly cut the costs of production,” Basharat said.