Occipital Tech: Using AI to Solve Food Loss


Food loss is a serious issue we’re currently facing. According to many studies, one-third of all food that is produced for human consumption is wasted each year, which equals to 1.3 billion tons.

Fortunately, technology has become a huge hope for saving food. these days, some companies have turned their attention to AI for solving food loss. One of them is Occipital Tech.

Meet Occipital Tech

Occipital Tech is an agritech startup that provides solutions to improve the marketability of fruits and vegetables with the help of AI. Its AI-based sorting and grading will help improve the marketability of the commodities while reducing the post-harvest losses. Its purpose is to increase the transparency and value realization throughout the agriculture supply chain by using AI technology.

Being a Mumbai-based startup, Occipital Tech offers an AI-based solution that grades and categorizes different fruits and vegetables based on their size, shape, color, and surface quality. Founded by Kshitij Thakur and Vinayak Ghosale, with Nikhil Pandey as a team member, the team works towards providing continuous and real-time quality checks for every fruit and vegetable.

Agrograde App by Occipital Tech

Agrograde is an application that enables AI grading and QC solutions. This application identifies the grade of a sample of a commodity. Then, the grade data is converted into a QC report which can be generated at the end and sent to the buyer. The app aims to create transparency between the seller and the buyer while providing a deeper level of trust between them.

Some of Agrograde’s main benefits include:

  • Real-time quality checks that help speed up the procurement process which allows users to perform quality checks in less than a minute;
  • Color-based grades that eliminate subjectivity in quality determination;
  • Defect detections that easily detect surface defects through AI; and
  • Better prices that help farmers get a better price for their products.

Solutions for everyone in the agricultural supply chain

With their technology, the accuracy is 98% which takes one-fifth of the time needed in the current manual process. This helps bring current costs down with the help of AI. Their solution has also benefitted everyone in the agricultural supply chain. For example, farmers will get free quality reports of their harvest with better prices on their products. They will get all of this with a user-friendly Agrograde application available in more languages.

Moreover, enterprises can efficiently procure from suppliers, uniform quality inspection and track quality across the agricultural supply chain. Finally, the farmer producer organization can market their products better while reducing the operational costs.

The need for reducing food loss is constantly growing. Luckily, the team found a great solution using AI. If you’re into the agriculture industry and curious about this, the Agrograde app is available for Android.

YouTube: Agrograde app – Digital Grading of tomatoes and onions

Photo credit: The feature photo has been taken by Maja Petric.
Source: Occipital Tech

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Simona Boskova
Simona Boskova
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