Green leaves Chopper

1. Briefly describe your Problem Statement

Please describe the problem statement as it is perceived and experienced by the end-user or the target beneficiary. A description with more details of what is being done today to solve the problem will be very useful.

  • Coriander leaves and other small plant leaves or fruits that must be harvested are hand-cut in India and other developing nations, which is a time and labour intensive process[1].
  • India is now facing shortage of agricultural labours which is a necessity for harvesting.[2] This could threaten India’s output of Coriander and other leaves, which could affect domestic and global markets.
  • There are no current automated or improved solutions available on the market.
  • So an equipment that can harvest green leaves and also feasible for farmers is needed.

2. What are the benefits or gains from having this problem solved?

Please describe the benefits linked to solving the problem and also help us understand the rationale behind why this problem is worthy of solving.

  • Harvesting time for green leaves decreases.
  • Less need for farmers to depend on labour, which can increase their profits.
  • Automatically it increases the yield of the green leaves.
  • Export of green leaves will increase when the production increases.

3. Which among the different beneficiaries will benefit the most?

Why are we asking this? Only by solving the problem for that end-user or customer that most benefits from it, can startups generate revenues and build a business model with potential for success and scale. For e.g. While Google.com offered access to information via the internet in a simple, reliable and very affordable manner, it is only by offering AdWords to make advertising services accessible and affordable to the millions and millions of ‘small enterprises and businesses’ (beneficiary with maximum gain) did Google build a scalable business model powered by tech.

Primary:

  • Farmers

Secondary:

  • Consumers

4. What are the key constraints that have to be considered in attempting to solve this problem?

Solving problems both efficiently and cost-effectively requires that the solution accommodates the several constraints that influence the utility/usability of the solution. For e.g. operating costs, lack of resources or materials, lack of technical or specialised skills, time constraints, end-user convenience etc. usually reduce the utility/usability/affordability of solutions for the end-user (irrespective of how good the performance/quality of the solution is in the hands of the innovator).

  • Farmers in developing nations generally don’t possess technical know-how. Hence, the solution must be user-friendly and integrate regional languages for increased usability.
  • Stable electricity may be unavailable in rural areas. It would be beneficial for the solution to use renewable energy sources like solar to charge itself.

5. What is the minimum set of features/functionality (Minimum Usable Prototype) that will be acceptable as a solution?

Problem solving is most effective when the prototyping process is agile and iterative. The natural tendency is to build a feature-rich solution and thereby delay end-user feedback. To avoid the creation of a more elaborate Product, it is imperative to focus the solution building towards a Minimum Usable Prototype — a ‘Good is Good Enough’ solution with which to achieve end — user trials and feedback. Please describe the minimum scope of UI/UX and features of the Prototype that will make sense for end-user trials.

  • Easy to use by those of diverse educational backgrounds
  • Must not damage the leaves while cutting.
  • Harvests all leaves from a plant
  • Identifies and navigates to plants without impacting or shifting the nearby soil

6. What resources would you recommend as being highly critical to fast-track the problem solving as well as make the solution more effective?

Resources in the form of reference materials to further enhance the understanding of the problem context or to learn more about recent developments or advances made in either solving this problem or in related tools, technologies etc. that will significantly enhance or impact the outcomes of the problem solving exercise.

7. Briefly describe the market and business potential you foresee (and could potentially estimate) if this problem were to be solved.

Whilst an attempt to assess market/business potential for an idea (a solution for a problem) at the stage of prototyping is too early and to be avoided we would like to understand your views on the basis for understanding the market and business potential of this solution.

  • India accounts for approximately 80 percent of the total world Coriander production. Coriander production in 2014–15 was recorded at 4.62 lakh tons, while in 2012–13 production was 5.27 lakh tons from a similar acreage [3]. A significant reason for this decrease is the high labour costs. Hence, such a solution could be manufactured and sold to farmers. Given the large market sizes, especially in India, it is likely the solution will experience significant demand.

References:-

This problem was referred from Dr. V. Vijayraghavan.

Other References:-

[1]Retrieved June 7, 2017, from

http://horticulture.kar.nic.in/APMAC_website_files/madhunasini2.htm

[2]Retrieved June 7, 2017, from http://www.jagranjosh.com/general-knowledge/problems-of-agricultural-labour-in-india-1446806332-1

[3]Retrieved June 7, 2017, from http://www.nirmalbang.com/Upload/Coriander_Crop_Survey_and_Analysis_2016.pdf

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