SLCM receives Rs 1.11 Cr European grant for AI/ML-based app

The app, to be launched in the latter part of 2021, will help towards the development of quality application for food grains and pulses

New Delhi-headquartered agri technology and warehousing solutions conglomerate Sohan Lal Commodity Management (SLCM) has received a technical assistance grant of EUR 125,901 (Rs 1.11 crore) from the Technical Assistance Facility of Incofin agRIF fund (agTAF) and the Smallholder Safety Net Upscaling Programme (SSNUP) for AI/ML-based quality app. The app will help towards the development of the quality application for food grains and pulses.


The app will enable the trader or farmer to scan crop seeds for quality assessment. It will be able to check multiple quality parameters for a variety of food grains and pulses within minutes with up to 90 per cent accuracy as compared to a lab test. The results will be automatically compared with pre-fed data in the back-end system, which will regularly update itself using machine learning (ML) with Python programming language, on a real-time basis.


Getting a quality control check done through this app will be as easy as taking an image. Just by clicking the photograph of the agri commodity and submitting it through the app will get it analysed for image classification on crop type and its quality parameters. In return, the user will get a quality report with the photographic evidence evaluated on specifics like height, length, grid, colour and pattern of the commodity within seconds.


Once SLCM mobile quality app gets rolled out in late 2021, its on-ground utilisation will tremendously help to improve the fidelity of the commodity quality checks and disseminate the instantly obtained quality control results in a secure and transparent environment to drastically reduce the turnaround time in comparison to the task being performed manually. 


Sandeep Sabharwal, CEO, SLCM, said, “We will be initiating the deployment of this AI and ML-enabled app towards our stated goal of achieving the vision of an electronically connected agricultural value chain. This grant of EUR 125,901 is an endorsement of our sustained efforts to digitalise processes for the ease of our stakeholders and customers, and our commitment to modernising India’s post-harvest agricultural value chain with cutting-edge technologies."


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