Small Town Wonder: Teen Develops Soil Analysis Tool Using Artificial Intelligence

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Lalitpur teen develops AI tool: A 14-year-old from Uttar Pradesh, Nandani Kushwaha, recently secured a place in the top 20 young innovators of the country for her artificial intelligence-based innovative project. Hailing from a village in the Lalitpur district, Kushwaha was awarded for her work during a ceremony held at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

Kushwaha devised a data-based AI tool to identify which crop is suitable for the soil. She did it by analysing the nutritional components present in the soil. Kushwaha was the only one from Uttar Pradesh to have been awarded at the ceremony.

She was felicitated under the national programme for government schools, Responsible AI for Youth, which is jointly designed by the national e-governance division of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of India and Intel India.

A resident of Patha Village under Mahroni Tehsil of Lalitpur district, she is a class nine student of Government Girls Inter College. During the lockdown, she was motivated by her mathematics teacher Prakash Bhushan Mishra to develop the tool after the launch of a specially devised website under the project ‘Responsible AI for youth’.

The idea to make such a device came to her on seeing the everyday problems in crop production, especially due to poor soil quality. She named her innovation Mitti Ki Jano, Fasal Pehchano.

In an interview, she said that her innovation is a smart data-based AI tool that identifies the most suitable crop for soil-based on analysing the various nutritional components present in it. “This model can be deployed as a physical soil detection tool that will help farmers to understand their soil accurately and make informed decisions.”

Kushwaha also said that first the data on phosphorous, nitrogen, potassium, humidity content, temperature, amongst other things are observed. Based on this, the right choice of crop for getting optimal production can be decided. She decided on focusing on this as she saw her father and others suffer a lot due to a lack of information that helped farmers decide which crops to sow based on the composition of the soil.

Kushwaha’s work, along with that of other participants, who were to receive prizes, will be displayed during Azadi Ka Digital Mahotsav.

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