India trials AI grain assessment tool

Grain Analyser's CEO Amanpreet Singh, India. Picture: CONTRIBUTED.

India will soon trial Australian Artificial Intelligence (AI) assessment technology for assessing grain.

The Council of Agricultural Research and the Indian Agricultural Research Institute have selected Grain Analyser to bring GoMicro’s phone-based AI grain quality assessment to 20 farmer organisations nationwide.

GoMicro is an Australian agtech startup.

India’s wheat exports grew at 387 per cent in the April-June period of 2022 compared to the previous year and GoMicro says AI grain quality assessment is expected to boost India’s global quality ranking in the export market.

India has historically relied on subjective grain quality assessments, often leaving farmers vulnerable to buyer-driven pricing.

The Indian Government is committed to modernising the assessment system to ensure equitable pricing for farmers through various initiatives to support the digitising of the grain industry.

GoMicro’s patent-pending imaging technology – capable of accurately assessing grain quality – is now deploying an App capable of assessing grain quality using only a smartphone.

It can be used for quality control in wheat, lentils, soy and coffee.

“We are in the business of democratising Quality Assessment, turning grain into tradable digital assets,“ said Dr Sivam Krish, chief executive officer and founder of GoMicro, which has clients in Indonesia, the European Union and the United States.

GoMicro’s AI assessment solution has been used by PB Agrifood in Australia to assess soy quality for more than a year.

Amanpreet Singh, CEO of Grain Analyser, underscored the importance of utilising AI for assessment, stating:

“AI assessment will level the playing field, ensuring fair pricing and making it challenging for buyers to exploit sellers.“

In addition to lentils and wheat, GoMicro AI Apps can assess the quality of corn and coffee.

Various players in the grain industry are currently testing a pre-release version, which is limited to counting defects and has been a year in the making.

It will be free to use.

A paid version will have weight estimations and, with developments in place to standardise quality control with AI Assessment by the Grain Traders Association of Australia, an AI Assessment framework is expected to be in place soon.