How Spectrify AI is transforming the agriculture industry

L to R Jeevan Gnanam, co-founder of Spectrify AI Mike Richardson, Deep Technology Entrepreneur and co-founder of Spectrify AI

The company is positioning Sri Lanka on the map alongside some of the world’s leaders in Agtech innovation.

Agriculture contributes less than a tenth to Sri Lanka’s total economic output employing a third of its workforce. In exports, tea and cinnamon are both reputedly a valuable source of foreign exchange – the third and ninth most important exporters respectively of each in the world – both together making up the country’s third largest export.

Tea accounts for approximately 15% of the country’s total export earnings. Remaining competitive in the global marketplace, however, is not as straightforward an operation as it was merely a few years ago. Countries are now presented with a series of choices for the future to further their mastery of the agriculture and fisheries sectors (among others) in the form of artificial intelligence, high-speed communication, data analytics, etc.

Technology as a transformative tool in farming promises improved productivity, quality, and yield, enhanced sustainability, reduced wastage, and also the empowering of farmers to make better decisions. It also offers an important opportunity for the economic benefits of technology to bring prosperity to rural communities.

If Sri Lanka, too, wants to maintain its standing as a chief exporter of world-class goods, there needs to be a drastic transformation in the way farming in Sri Lanka is conducted. Gone are the days where water, fertiliser, and pesticides are applied uniformly across entire fields.

Instead, having recently declared a food production wastage value of 30% —the need of the hour being profitability, safety, efficiency, and environmental consciousness—, farmers will have to shift their focus to targeted and controlled usage. This can only be achieved with the adoption of the many emerging technologies for precision agriculture: namely sensors, devices, machines, and AI.

Enter Spectrify AI, with a suite of patent-pending solutions developed in Sri Lanka, specifically designed to radically optimise production, agri-inputs, and quality control across the entire value chain for tea, spices, and herbs for the first time in the country. Committed to advancing the shift towards an innovation and knowledge-based economy through an increase in agricultural productivity, Spectrify AI operates through a phone-based AI detection tool that harnesses spectral and image technology to assess the quality of tea leaves and spices; minimising wastage as a whole.

“Our aim is not only to assist local food producers with accelerated digitization, but also to build successful locally developed agriculture technology,” said Jeevan Gnanam, co-founder of Spectrify AI. “We have piloted this on a small scale so far, but the aspiration is for our devices and technology to be implemented across the sector for the betterment of our economy, while also cementing Sri Lanka’s standing as an emerging global hub of AI innovation.”

Leveraging the very latest advancements in spectral scanning, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Spectrify AI delivers end-to-end consistency on quality standards directly into the hands of producers and value chain partners. With the long-term goal of introducing objective verifiable standards for the industry, they ensure the quality of its produce.

This is accomplished by deploying extremely low-cost spectral scanners paired with AI to conduct real-time spectral analysis of everything from soil composition to the chemical make-up of tea, spices and herbs, from field to factory to the final buyer. “Veracity AI’s core competencies in AI-led innovation are crucial to enabling Sri Lankan farmers to tap into the benefits of Agtech,” said Mike Richardson, Deep Technology Entrepreneur and co-founder of Spectrify AI. “This is the only way forward to helping build a modern economy that is skilled, innovative, and capable of adapting quickly as greater opportunities emerge,” he added.

Having taken on the task of solving the complex food agricultural challenges facing the country, Spectrify AI hopes to serve as a catalyst in addressing these unique agricultural challenges, and is encouraging both, the adoption of these innovative technologies, and the advancement of ongoing research and development in these fields; intending also to stimulate a larger ecosystem which drives Agtech advancement.

Through the promotion of high-calibre AI and diagnostic tools that are locally implementable to provide high-quality produce that is globally exportable, Spectrify AI hopes to play a transformative role in accelerating the growth of the country’s burgeoning export ecosystem, while also positioning Sri Lanka on the map alongside some of the world’s leaders in Agtech innovation.

Having taken on the task of solving the complex food agricultural challenges facing the country, Spectrify AI hopes to serve as a catalyst in addressing these unique agricultural challenges