Torch-bearing run conducted by Ag Hub at agri varsity

To celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship, the Agri Innovation Hub (AgHub) of Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), in collaboration with T-Hub, RICH and NABARD, organised a pre-run up event and relayed the torch at the university auditorium. Dr V Praveen Rao, Vice-Chancellor, PJTSAU, and chairperson, AgHub, Ajit Rangnekar, Director-General, Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH) Somasundaram, Deputy General Manager, TSRO, Dr Seema, Dean of Agriculture, PJTSAU, and Vijay Nadiminti, CEO, AgHub, were present. The event attracted more than 1,000 school and college students.


 Have we ever wondered where the mangoes and grapes that we are consuming often or milk that we drink daily come from? Does that come from a hygienic environment? What is the track of the supply chain? 

Being a consumer in today’s world, we all have the right to know the source, the process, and the quality. Everyone’s delight exists in the freshness of the product.

How we are eligible for such information?

Parallelly using Blockchain platform, in consultation with AgHub-Agriculture Innovation Hub of PJTSAU, TRST O One mapped the complete process of fruits and vegetables. Weeding out counterfeits TRST01 has set up itself in today’s world demanding TRUST, TRANSPARENCY, and TRACEABILITY of what you consume.

 Agricultural activities starting before or from seed and stretching to the consumer’s plate(whole vision of truth) is recorded under QR scan. This data is furnished by using blockchain technology. And wonder what that it cannot be manipulated or edited that ultimately provide a high range of secured information to us. Plus with traceability, we can easily locate any problem and correct if there is any.

This technology has strengthened consumers, enhanced their knowledge. How we can stop ourselves from trusting it?

According to a report, agriculture productivity could increase by 25 %  if such a system gets introduced.

So, here TRST01 strives to add value to people’s lives by creating impact is becoming true. It is performing a complete source trace of the produce from the germination, transplantation, growth through harvest and packaging that are adapted, geotagging the fields, and time is taken in this process. All data are recorded and stored for each grape, apple, seed, and vegetable you are consuming. 

 TRST01 which uses a blockchain-enabled traceability platform describes a digital platform that will gather verified data from the farm to the distribution chain to allow customers to trace the production process details until the sales have a quality and controlled product. The unified cloud blockchain platform ensures all data points in the supply chain are securely stored and accessed. TRST01 platform’s primary goal is to create traceability throughout the entire chain, from end to end, with transparency for the consumer as the main benefit. That gives all the answers to the questions that we ever wondered.


KRISHITANTRA aims to bring revolutionary technology in soil testing. 

“When the soil is deficient, the plants also are deficient and weakened, and they lose their defenses” – Charlotte Gerson 

Sandeep Kondaji, CEO & Founder of Krishitantra seems to understand the quote better than anyone else. Sandeep Kondaji quit his job in the Middle East and came back to India due to his passion for agriculture and the urge to address global agricultural challenges.  To understand agriculture in-depth, he did farming for six months during this period he interacted with many farmers, KVK’S, and Agriculture universities to understand the problems faced by the farmers. He figured that soil health plays a vital role in crop production and the existing soil testing method doesn’t provide all the necessary information and microbiological parameters. He felt a need for a soil testing device that can provide an accurate and overall picture of the soil composition with nutrients and the biological composition of the soil which is equally important.

Sandeep along with his two friends Dr.Dr. Vishnu Prasada Bhat, Co-Founder & CTO, and Anand B R, Co-Founder &COO started ‘ KRISHITANTRA’, which aimed to make an impact and happiness in farmers’ life. 

Krishitantra, a game-changer in soil testing techniques.

 Krishitantra (M/s Klonec automation systems Pvt ltd) is an Agri-tech startup specializing in soil technology, farm data acquisition, and related cloud services by building disruptive solutions for soil analysis using cutting-edge technologies. The objective is to encourage the balanced application of fertilizers leading to higher farmer income, soil rejuvenation, savings on irrigation water, reducing water contamination and greenhouse gases, etc., which shall save on farmers’ expenses by the reduction in the purchase of Agri-inputs and significantly enhance their livelihood.

  Krishitantra’s one of the products KrishiRASTAA (Rapid Automated Soil Testing and Agronomy Advisory) is a portable and reliable way to determine soil quality. Now the farmers can get their soil report instantly with the interpretation of the soil analysis. KrishiRASTAA’s soil testing technology is an automated system that takes soil as input and provides all macro and micronutrients, pH, organic carbon, EC, and microbial count reports within minutes. This system requires no expertise to operate and is portable. The system generates reports and is a cloud-based interpretation.

 Krishitantra’s other commendable invention is Krishi Jivan Micro Biometer is a rapid on-field microbial testing solution, a portable, app-based microbial analysis system that has been designed to provide bacterial fungal ratio and microbial carbon on the go.

(Source: Krishitantra website) 

Krishitantra’s Services 

 Krishitantra has more than 250 installations with 193 partner centers across India and has performed more than 35,000 soil tests for 24,000 farmers and has covered more than 1,04,000 hectares of arable land. The services offered include Krishitantra’s soil testing centers are available across 18 states all over India. Farmers can visit or click here to find the nearest test centers where they can get their soil analyzed. After the completion of the test, the user can log in to his/her Krishitantra account and download the soil test report. 

“Rapid soil testing along with real-time agronomy digitizes an important component of farm extension services. The data play at the farm level is of huge value. This affordable solution would benefit farmers, FPOs, and other players in the agri ecosystem. Krishitantra has a market-winning solution in the making.”

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  AgHub’s Role

 The startup Krishitantra as a part of AgHub’s Agritech Innovation Pilots started implementing soil testing using “KRISHIRASTAA  at AgHub PJTSAU. Piloting was carried out with 100 farmers in Siddipet, Telangana for sampling, scientific advisory, farmer assessment, and scalability. Farmer engagement is often a challenge for Agritech startups. Participating in the pilot helped Krishitantra to reach farmers through the outreach wing of PJTSAU. The startup also understood the need for building rapport with farmers especially in vernacular language as an important and crucial step in deploying technology. Not only talk but real-time convincing is essential. These are all additional learnings for Krishitantra through Agritech Innovation Pilots provided by AgHub.