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Bengaluru based, agri-tech start-up, CropIn Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd has concluded its first phase of CCE (Crop Cutting Experiment) pilot studies in partnership with the Central Government and is currently in the process of evaluating and submitting the report. The pilot studies were initiated in September 2018 and concluded with the CCE of Rabi crops in February 2019. CropIn will embark on the second phase of the CCE pilot in May/June, when the Kharif season begins.

CCE is a process used to analyse the over all crop yield of the village and forms the basis for the Government to disburse crop insurance claims to farmers, under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), its flagship crop insurance programme. The Central government has partnered with CropIn along with nine other research institutions and private agencies to make the CCE process more accurate, swift and scalable.

“The PMFBY requires the States to carry out minimum of four crop-wise CCEs in every gram panchayat for the submission of the yield data to insurance companies within 30 days of harvest. Traditionally, the Govt has been using a random survey method to estimate the crop yields at a given location. However, considering that there are 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in India, it is challenging to conduct reliable, accurate CCEs at scale within a short harvesting window with limited manpower. That’s where CropIn solutions come in” Kunal Prasad, co-founder and COO, CropIn told BusinessLine .

Pointing out that the Central Government performs one crore CCEs annually at an average cost of ₹5,000 per CCE. Prasad said, the objective of the CCE pilot studies is to reduce the number of CCEs to bring it down to more manageable levels and to create a self-managed, claim dispute resolution mechanism which enables swift resolution of claim disputes. CropIn is also conducting CCEs through its scalable yield mapping technology through remote sensing in the Koppal and Bellary districts of Karnataka.

SmartRisk, CropIn’s AI and ML powered digital platform makes use of ground level data and satellite imagery to identify the plots that are the most accurate sample for the region. The platform also helps in providing the government and insurance companies with scientific, scalable, and accurate reports for processing of insurance claims and crop yield assessments. SmartFarm, CropIn’s digital farm management solution captures the precise location and size of the farm and details of the farmer at the time of conducting the CCE, ensuring the field data is accurate, enabling complete visibility and transparency in the CCE process.