IntroductionWith the emergence smartphones and various digital technology and services, almost every sector is benefiting hugely through mobile apps. For professionals across different fields of work, mobile apps and softwares have made almost everyone’s jobs a little easier. Following this trend, even the agriculture industry is integrating different applications, softwares, and tech gadgets into their field of work. Today, it is projected that the market cap for “smart agriculture” is going to increase up to 14.44 billion USD within 2027. If you are looking for an opportunity to tap into this growing market by having a agritech app of your own, then you have come to the right place. Here at Strivemindz, we want to accompany you on your journey towards building an agritech app of your own. So buckle yourself up, and let us explore the possibilities and the cost of developing modern age agritech mobile apps.
What makes the agritech sector a lucrative business proposition?In the present world, every industry thrives on efficiency and innovation. The “smart technology” is nothing but equipments that help people do their work in a quicker, safer, and error free manner. Agritech, does exactly this. Mobile apps designed for the farming industry try to propose solutions to problems that traditional farming could not. It helps farmers by equipping them with better and more efficient farming methods, and by providing them with a bunch of technological tools that can make their job easier. According to Zion, the market for smart agriculture is growing and is supposed to rise up to 15 billions USD by 2025, compared to the $5 billion market cap in 2017. In fact, this is quite obviously the logical conclusion which any of us can draw without having to go through detailed reports. Consider this – the global population is on the rise, and an increasing population always demands an increase in food production. Smart agritech apps are already being used in countries like USA and Canada and they are a huge success. If we think about countries where agricultural is a key part of their economy, like India, agritech apps are destined to be a major success, and a major driver towards the next big thing in farming. So, now that we have a better idea of how and why should we think about developing agritech mobile apps, it is time we look at how to build an agritech app, and what are the key features that can make your agritech app stand out from the rest. Source: dribbble
Developing agritech mobile apps: What are the key features?If you want to invest in the agritech industry, then these following features can be useful for your app –
- GPS and other location based services
- Weather forecasting
- Integration of drones
- Camera and machine vision integration
- Chatting with farming consultants
- Video call and video streaming
- Farming calendar
- In-app payment module
- Push notifications
GPS and other location based servicesEnabling location based services in your agritech mobile app will help farmers to track their field, and have a better understanding of the topology. More than that, they will be able to check a map of their field and mark their field into polygonal shapes as they see fit. GPS services can also help farmers to locate the nearest spots where they can find the best farming equipments.
Weather forecastingIntegration of weather forecasting services is actually closely related to GPS integration. Even with all the help from the modern day solutions, farmers still need favourable weather conditions for the growth of their crops. If they are not aware of the weather conditions, they might not be able to take maximum precautions for protecting their farm against severe weather conditions. A good agritech app should update the farmers about their local weather, and they should also have special alerts for upcoming weather conditions such as storms or heavy rains.
Integration of dronesInstead of scanning the field physically in order to find damaged or pest infested crops, farmers can use drones for scanning the field. Drones come equipped with a thermal camera which can also help the farmers to detect water leakage or other problems in the fields. In fact, drones can also be upgraded for watering the field or for spraying pesticides – although these ultra high tech drones will only increase the cost of the agritech app.
Camera and machine vision integrationIf we asked you about what is the biggest problem for farmers, then most of you would agree that it is the crop diseases. Crop diseases can damage your entire farm if not treated early on, and the agritech app should be able to solve this problem for you. Camera and machine vision integration is a very helpful feature for agritech apps, as it will help farmers to detect crop diseases, weed growths, nitrogen levels, etc.
Chatting with farming consultantsSometimes, only identifying the problem is not enough, and farmers will need help from experts to take care of their crop. By providing them with an option to chat with farming consultants and experts via your app, you not only save them a huge amount of time, but also provide them with a quick and cheaper alternative. You can also integrate chat bots in your app for this process, although they might not always be 100% effective.
Video call and video streamingVideo call and video streaming and broadcasting features will help farmers capture videos of the affected parts of their fields and show it to the experts for help. The video call feature takes this up a notch, and farmers can show the consultants right where the problem is and answer their questions for a better communication process.
Farming calendarKeeping track of the calendar is very important for farmers, as farming is a time sensitive job. Farmers need to know when to sow seeds, when to water the fields, when to harvest and so on. A farming calendar where they can mark their daily activities is a very helpful resource for them in this process.
In-app payment moduleYou can create an agritech app which will act as a marketplace for the farmers where they can buy or rent farming tools, and / or sell their crops. For the transactions to go swiftly, in-app payment modules will be required for your app.
AnalyticsAnalytics provide in-dept insight to farmers regarding everything that can be tracked through the agritech app. They can receive information and reports on the health of their crop, on managing the farm, keep track of payments made for purchases or rents through the app, managing their expenses, and so on.
Push notificationsLast but not the least, app should be able to send all the necessary alerts and messages to the farmer through push notifications to keep them informed about everything. The notifications also help you as an app owner to keep your audience engaged with your app.
How to develop your agritech mobile app in 2023?In order to develop an agritech mobile app, you will need to go through the undermentioned steps accordingly –
- Structuring and ideation of your plans
- Studying the market
- Building the wireframe
- Selecting the right platform
- UI / UX design
- Developing and testing the app
- Launching the app
- Support and maintenance
Structuring and ideation of your plansIn order to build your own agritech app is to give your plans a proper structure. Having an idea is not enough unless it can turn into a full-proof plan. At Strivemindz, we can help you throughout the process of structuring your plan. Before you jump into the process, you need to have the answers to different questions ready. Check for the following points during the ideation of your plans –
- The main target of your app
- The USP of your app
- Your potential or existing competitors
- Generating a stream of revenue through your app
- Branding your app
- Marketing your app
Studying the marketOnce you have built the plan for starting the development of your agritech app, now it is time for you to study the market. Even the best of ideas can fail if it does not target the right audience. Study the market sentiments, and your target consumers for having a positive revenue through your app. You also need to check for the market cap, potential ways of monetising your app, and potential investors.
Building the wireframeWireframes are basically the blueprints for your apps. Before you start developing your agritech application, building the wireframe is extremely necessary so that no important details or changes are left out. At Strivemindz, our experienced and expert mobile app developers will build the wireframe for your agritech mobile app as efficiently as possible so that you will have no complaints during the development phase.
Selecting the right platformOnce the wireframe is ready, determine where you want to launch the app. Do you want it to be available as a PWA, or do you want to Launch on the Google Play Store? Which programming language will be the best for your project? If you are confused by reading this, let us assure you that you do not need to worry. By hiring Strivemindz as your mobile app development partner, you can leave all the technical questions for us to answer, while your dream of having an agritech app is being turned into reality.
UI / UX designThe UI / UX design determines how innovative and engaging your app appears to be in front of your users. The top skilled UI / UX designers of Strivemindz will deliver you some of the most engaging and interesting user interface for giving your customers a positive experience.
Developing and testing the appOnce you have gone through all these aforementioned steps, then you can finally start developing your app. Strivemindz will be able to build an exciting agritech mobile app your you in a jiffy. Once you have the app ready, test it a few times to check if it runs properly and to identify potential bugs and errors. Once the errors are fixed, your app will be ready to launch.
Launching the appYou can launch your app in the market after the testing is completed & the QA manager says that the app is now okay to be made available in the market. Do your branding properly to catch the market by its neck as soon as you launch and you will not have to worry about revenues.
Support and maintenanceYour app can encounter bugs and errors in future, and your app development solution provider needs to help you through that. Strivemindz offers 24/7 support and maintenance for your app, so that any error you find can be fixed as soon as possible and your users do not have to face any inconvenience.
How much will it cost to develop an agritech mobile app?The overall cost of building your own agritech mobile app will depend on the undermentioned factors –
- The list or number of features you want to integrate into your app
- The tech stack
- The platform where you are launching your app
- The app size
- In which region you are developing your app
ConclusionDeveloping an agritech mobile app is a great business proposition today, and if you have an idea, you should try to turn it into reality. At Strivemindz, we house some of the most skilled and experienced mobile app developers in the world, who can deliver your project’s efficiently and within the deadline. We have more than a decade of experience in the field and have worked in over a thousand projects. Contact us today and get a quote!
Frequently Asked Questions
If I want to develop an agritech app, do I need to have technological knowledge?
Having some knowledge always helps, but it is not a prerequisite. Strivemindz will take care of your entire project effectively so that you do not have to worry about anything.
Are agritech apps costly to develop?
Not really. The cost will depend on multiple factors such as number of features, tech stack, platform, app size, and region of development.
How to monetise my agritech app?
The monetization process depends on the type of app that you want to build. You can always integrate in-app advertisements for having a fixed stream of revenue. Strivemindz will assist you for finding all the possible ways to monetise your app to have a profitable business.
How long does it take to develop an agritech app?
The time needed to develop any app depends on the complexity of the app. For having a detailed idea, contact your app developer.
What are some of the most popular agritech apps?
The most notable agritech apps around the world are Agragene, ApisProtect, GeoPard Agriculture etc.