Agriculture robotics startup TartanSense has raised Rs 15 crore from Omnivore Partners. Blume Ventures, and BEENEXT, indicating rising investor interest in deep technology startups that are addressing large untapped opportunities in Indian agriculture – a sector that occupies 60% of land but contributes to only 15% of GDP.
Bangalore-based TartanSense is developing robots for small farms, leveraging AI-assisted computer vision and robotics to build precision sprayers. These robots can detect diseased plants and weeds, and precisely spray on the targeted plant, saving costs and leaving less chemical residue on fruits and vegetables consumed.
India is one of the most attractive agriculture markets in the world with 156 million hectares of arable land – the largest in the world as per World Bank, with 86% of farms in India measuring less than 2 hectares.