Some good news for the farmers! Talented students from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee have developed a device called Solving Nitrogen Application Problems (SNAP). It was developed to mitigate the ineffective use of fertilisers which leads to downsizing of the crop yield.
WHAT IS ‘SNAP’
SNAP is an optical imaging application. It can determine the optimum fertiliser input by ‘multi-spectral imaging’ of crop leaves. It is a programmed camera module, used to click the image of leaves and determine the nitrogen content in the soil.
KNOW THE TEAM BEHIND ‘SNAP’
The device has been developed by a team led by third year B-Tech student Ekdeep Lubana with Ankit Bagaria, Utkarsh Seth Saxena and Anisha Godha.
WHAT IS ‘SNAP’ TARGET
Poor awareness and illiteracy among rural farmers forces them to believe that the low yield is due to insufficient usage of fertilisers. ‘SNAP’ aims to bring the power of ‘Smart Soil Analysis’ into the hands of the farmers.
Ekdeep Lubana, B-Tech student, IIT Roorkee said that the main aim was to provide farmers with a low-cost and easy solution to determine the amount of fertiliser to be used. The application will guide farmers in a simple manner on how much fertiliser is to be used on the basis of analysis of the leaves. SNAP will mitigate the ineffective use of fertilisers which leads to downsizing of the crop yield. It is cost-effective soil testing solution that can be used by farmers to boost crop productivity through balanced use of fertilisers.
TEAM ‘SNAP’ AWARDED
Team SNAP and the project stood out among 900 teams from more than 70 countries. SNAP emerged as the winner of the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2017 and the team was awarded 25,000 Euros award.