Agriculture is the major sector that contribute to the economy of the country. Yet, many farmers are going under difficult conditions majorly on diseases affecting their farms. This causes huge loss to the farmers and organizations. The rate at which diseases affect is inversely proportional to the food production. However, the farms can either be of crop farming or dairy farming. There is lack of intelligent, flexible, simple, cheap, reality experience technology platforms that can help farmers in agriculture fields to explore, test, recognize, experience, connects and get the appropriate solution to the disease problems they are facing. And that’s why we had to come up with our application that uses cognitive AI and Augmented reality to help farmers understand and know the possible diseases they are facing in their farms. Augmented Reality brings farmers into a visual room where a farmer interacts with a holographic bot Cortana as a virtual veterinarian assistant that brings possible infected cow hologram in front of the user (farmer), explains about the disease, possible source and also predict the possible solution to the disease affecting the cattle based on the users’ enquiries in the augmented reality application. Farmers can now have a reality experience of a dairy cattle diseases and how to go about in mitigation ways of finding the best solution to a certain disease. Also, the crop farmers can use our app extension module to upload or capture image from the vegetables, crops or some fruit section affected with a certain disease and the app will perform analysis through computer vision to recognize the possible problems affecting them. Not all about that, it will pull possible solutions and uses GPS tracker to send the reports to the data centre where from this point, it will use Machine learning process to show the possible spread of the diseases through the Bing maps visually or running models as data, drugs with high demand, highest infected areas, the fall or raise of market profits and also the organization or government strategies that can help them to enforce proper strategies suggested to help farmers in such situations.
Team iCropal is comprised with the two of us: AbdiHakim Hussein – Computer Science student and Ian Kamau – Computer Science student. We met together in the university during the student innovation exhibition day. During that event, we shared our interests and we saw if we could collaborate with our skills, we could do something extra ordinary and empower people with great ideas. iCropal is the application that is ready to help millions of farmers with the intelligent technology contributing to the change of the revolution of agriculture industry. The world is moving towards the intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. With this opportunity, we had to create a responsibility to grab something out of this to empower the society more with this amazing platform.