CLEANTECH LATVIA is a cluster in Latvia convening competencies, best practices and innovations of enterprises, research institutes and graduate educational institutions to develop clean and environmentally friendly technologies, to promote circular economy in all levels, to cooperate for entering new export markets, create new value chains, develop new innovative products and services, and enhance competitiveness of sustainability-oriented enterprises.
The cluster was established in 2006 in Riga, Latvia and now unites around 40 SME’s, 6 R&D and educational organizations. Since 2012 CLEANTECH LATVIA is working in Central Asia, but since 2016 it has 2 representative offices in Kazakhstan, Almaty and Uzbekistan, Tashkent.
In order to stimulate and popularise organic practices, CLEANTECH LATVIA is now designing a joint project with Kyrgyzstan on establishing a high value-added food cluster and promoting and certifying organic farms.
The CHALLENGE of the hackathon is the digitization of agricultural data, which would be collected in a phone application. The main task of the application is to accumulate digitized data of farms, using GPS and farmer input of rural processes.
Currently, farmers in Kyrgyzstan have a weak internet connection, limited agronomic knowledge and they are using old, outdated technologies without the ability to accrue data on rural areas, their location and development. These factors lead to massive and unjustified use of chemical fertilizers, which leads to poor quality food. On top of that, farmers lack an Advisory Board to tackle agricultural problems.
By creating a platform for agricultural data, such future impact would be created:
rural accounting in geographic information systems;
storage of historical data and information on fertilizers and technology used, crops seeded and last rural processing made;
registration of any changes made;
analysis of the work done;
troubleshooting by indicating the cause, location and adding photos of the damage done, by further sending this information to agronomist associated with the system;
planning of future actions on the basis of historical data on agricultural efficiency;
soil data collection, by which the quality of the soil can be determined.
*As a base or an inspiration for GPS use, such map applications as 2GIS and MAP. can be used.
CLEANTECH LATVIA will use such an application to monitor Kyrgyz farms qualifying for ecological certification as part of the project. In order to ensure accurate monitoring, all of the functions mentioned above are needed, as well as the possibility of adding additional data. The application should provide such information:
supervision on all data concerning organic farming certification process;
digitization of rural areas and identification of neighboring areas;
digitization of analysis data in geographic information systems (possibility to see where the previous analysis was taken);
analysis and monitoring of actions carried out by the farmer.
Preferred OUTCOME is an efficient and understandable phone application for farmers, which is easy to use, provides and collects all the information needed.
X-industry hackathon project manager
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