What keeps the crop healthy? Bengaluru startup Fasal’s sensors dig deep to find the answer.

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Dinesh Nivrutti Rakibe at his farm at Dharangaon near Nashik; image credit: Priyanka Salve

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Fasal’s sensors collect data and send it to its servers, which process the algos to give meaningful advisories to farmers. The company has already collected more than 40 million data sets in its first year of commercial operations. However, scaling up in a widely fragmented agriculture space and intense competition from tech-enabled farm-management firms may pose a challenge.

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When most of the world was celebrating bidding adieu to the fateful year, table-grape farmer Dinesh Nivrutti Rakibe at Dharangaon — some 40km from Nashik — was busy readying his fruit-laden field to fight the untimely forces of nature. The year 2020 had been rough for Rakibe and his ilk. The Covid-19-led trade restrictions meant he was forced to sell his export-quality grapes, which could have fetched him INR60 a kilo, for INR6 per kilo. For a

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