Micro LLM aksara Outperforms GPT-4 on Agriculture Queries

Cropin's Krishna Kumar on Addressing Sustainability Challenges Using Generative AI
Krishna Kumar, co-founder and CEO, Cropin

Technological advancements are revolutionizing the agriculture sector, empowering farmers with data-driven insights to make informed decisions. Cropin has provided more than 7 million farmers access to predictive intelligence data for over 200 million acres of farmland. Cropin works across the agricultural value chain, including packaged goods, farming companies, inputs or seed manufacturers, international organizations, development agencies, and governments.

Cropin's AI lab produces innovations such as aksara - an open-source micro LLM - to address challenges in agriculture logistics, operations and warehousing. aksara is trained on the datasets derived from nine crops in five different countries. Cropin's aksara uses Mistral 7B, a seven billion parameter fundamental model that can answer more than 5,000 questions with a 40% greater efficiency than OpenAI's GPT-4.

"We want our model to be used by researchers, academicians and even the farmers globally to address the sustainability goals and mitigate the adverse impact of climate change on agriculture," said Krishna Kumar, co-founder and CEO of Cropin. "There is no better way to attain this goal than using generative AI based on open-source fundamental models. Proprietary LLMs are biased and thus neglect the Global South."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Kumar also discussed:

  • The need for micro LLMs to address industry-specific challenges;
  • Idea behind Cropin Cloud and aksara and their operating models;
  • How guardrails can be placed to develop AI responsibly.

Kumar is responsible for promoting the development and adoption of digital technologies in the agriculture sector and ensuring Cropin's continued investments in building world-class AI capabilities. His leadership experience of nearly 20 years includes companies such as General Electric.

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Rahul Neel Mani

Rahul Neel Mani

Founding Director of Grey Head Media and Vice President of Community Engagement and Editorial, ISMG

Neel Mani is responsible for building and nurturing communities in both technology and security domains for various ISMG brands. He has more than 25 years of experience in B2B technology and telecom journalism and has worked in various leadership editorial roles in the past, including incubating and successfully running Grey Head Media for 11 years. Prior to starting Grey Head Media, he worked with 9.9 Media, IDG India and Indian Express.

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