LightBulb Innovations: Improving Agricultural Yield by Providing Multi-dimensional Analytics Platform

The rapid population growth has led to increase in consumer demand for greater food quality and sustainability. This has ignited a transformation in agriculture as farmers not only strive to meet these expectations but are also trying to improve the produce. Therefore, farmers look for solutions that help them manage their produce and increase their profitability. While there are numerous solutions that are available in the market for improving profitability and yielding larger harvest, LightBulb Innovations, a Bangalore based technology startup, has come up with innovative platform for enabling an easier Organic Certification for the produce and deriving insights from the data collected from the farms, which helps in improving the yield.

Our solutions are compliant with several organic certification standards such as NOP, NPOP, COS and many other European standards, which makes our platform unique

LightBulb Innovations provides a common insight platform –, which connects various apps, enabling intelligent and multi-dimensional analytics data to be extracted, which cannot be extracted by other stand-alone solutions. This platform enables easy data collection from farms, creates and archives the necessary documents for organic certification, consumes the data, processes it and provides the necessary analytics and intelligence for implementing various use-cases in organic certification, digitization of track-and-trace workflow, closed loop feedback and document management. These use cases are combined in the Krishi apps such as KrishiVijay, KrishiPraman and KrishiKranti that help farmers manage their farm produce and yield. By utilizing the best-of breed IoT platforms and the algorithms developed by its development team, the company has developed purpose built solutions that are designed to solve specific problems of the farmers.

“Our solutions are compliant with several organic certification standards such as NOP, NPOP, COS and many other European standards, which makes our platform unique. In fact, if you are on the platform you won’t
miss a step to get the Organic Certification,” says Nitin Unni, Co-Founder & Director of LightBulb Innovations.

Three Pillars of Technology Ecosystem for Farming
LightBulb follows a unique approach to create a technology ecosystem for the Indian farming, which is built around three pillars that include Smart technology, Profitability and Sustainability. The company approaches the industry using the sustainability lens, making the solutions available to all farmers on pay-per-use basis, thus leading to an increase in the solution adoptability rate. Since all the apps of LightBulb Innovations address specific and existing agricultural problems, the company believes that farmers can increase their farm efficiencies and agricultural produce lifecycle through these apps, which would also make an impact on their livelihood.

The company’s suite of Krishi apps addresses specific existing problems in the farming ecosystem for various benefits. It includes Krishi Vijay that enables farm digitalization, provides insight analytics to increase visibility and infuses technologies for yield improvement; KrishiPraman acts as a solution for certification bodies to digitize records, automate workflow and integrate track-and-trace of organic farm and produce from soil to the finished product and KrishiKranti which acts a solution for farmer groups and FPOs to improve visibility, view market analytics and reduce friction in operations and enable greater farmer communications and training.

“At present, our primary focus is to complete the on-boarding of our pilot organic farming certification base of 90,000 farmers, as we believe this on boarding and subsequent usage will drive adoption and unveil new requirements, thus contributing to further refinements of our solution,” says Nitin. Moving forward, the company is planning to expand its user base across other certification bodies and FPO (Farmer Producer Organization) groups.