University Startup Challenge 2021: AgriGO Modern Farming

Contact: Jeffrey Bun

AgriGO truly believes that we should fairly distribute technology to the farmers by giving them the chance to improve their productivity.


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6 September 2021 21 October 2021

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Project Summary

 

Problem Statement

40% of the global crops are destroyed by either pesticides or diseases every year. This happens due to traditional farming methods used by farmers which are time-consuming, low labor participation rate & poor quality/quantity crops. Most farmers are engaged in low scale subsistence farming and have a hard time accessing credit and paying it back. If this issue continues to happen, farmers will never have a chance to utilise farming technology to improve their productivity. With the majority of the small scale farmers in the farming industry, failure to produce sufficient food sources for the market will result in food security for the whole world.

Solution

AgriGO is created to give farmers access to automated agriculture robotic services to farmers through an online platform. Without having to purchase agriculture technology, the website acts as a channel for them to utilize this technology in their farming.

AgriGO Services

  • Drone Pesticides Spraying
  • Drone Fertilizers Spreading
  • Mapping & Surveying
  • Rover Pesticides Spraying
  • Rover Fertilizers Spreading

The Impact

  • Improve quality and quantity of crops yields.
  • Overcome low labor participation rate in the farming sector.
  • Save time and cost of farming.
  • Reduce the health risks of farmers.
  • Attract more youths' involvement in the farming sector.

Target Market

  • Local farmers within the age of 30 to 50 years old that are experiencing ineffective farming due to limited worker.
  • Location: Kuching, Sarawak

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AgriGO's Journey

The idea of AgriGO is created or founded by three undergraduates students from the Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak when participating in the Hult Prize Competition organized by the United Nations. The team won 1st place in the OnCampus round in 2020 and is the first in Sarawak to participated in Hult Prize. The team eventually move to the next stage and continue their journey in participating in the regional round, the Hult Prize Tokyo Impact Summit 2021. In May 2021, the team also participated in the University Startup Challenge 2021, started from the Idea Camp and qualified to enter the USC Quest phase.

Risks & Challenges

The risks and challenges that the team are very aware of are travel Restrictions due to the COVID-19 could result in delivering services to the farmers. To overcome this, we aim to work closely with the Department of Agriculture Sarawak to obtain an operating permission letter. To ensure the business is operating under the guidelines and standards operating procedures of COVID-19, the business will minimize the social interaction by utilizing the website to carry out all the processes.

Other Ways To Help

Sharing the website and social media pages would be helpful for the business.

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