Vermis
Team I’m a PC
Changing the way the world farms
COST
Better harvest
Better harvest
Vermicomposting Worms
• Problems
– Low yield
– High manpower
– Reliability issue
VermisTM
• Monitor the living
condition of worms
• Reduce the cost of
manpower spent on
the worm
• Improve efficiency
and ...
Our Team of Advisors
• Mr. Royston Soh
– Managing Director,
Kiat Lee Landscape & Building
• Mr. Lam Yuen Sean
– PhD Candid...
Low Yield
High Manpower
Reliability issue
Comparison of Revenue
Based on 330 ha, California Wheat Farm
$0
$50,000
$100,000
$150,000
$200,000
Commercial Compost Chem...
Cost of Vermis System
Data: Economy Research Service (US Department of Agriculture), RedObit Science and Technology News,
...
Phase 1
Large commercial farmers
Phase 2
Small independent farmers
Target Audiences
Fertilisers Usage
72%
28%
Developed
Countries
Developing
Countries
Source: UNFAO, FAOSTAT 2007
Helping Poor Farmers
Conclusion
• UN Millennium
Development Goal:
– Environment
Sustainability
• Changing the way
the world farms
Questions?
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  • Introduction


    Today, we are going to address one of the UN goals, “Environmental Sustainability”. What we are going to do is. How are we going to do it? We are
  • Bridge:
    why hasn’t it been adopted widely by all the farmers?
  • Cost

    [Business.. Profit… Answering to BOD…]

    Making this ethical issue into a economically viable solution with application of IT.

    Bridging..
    While there are many ways of doing organic farming, we identify that vermicomposting has the unique ability to give you better harvest.
  • COST is everything

    Bridge: What our system aims to do is to


  • Bridge : We interviewed an organic farmer in cameron highland and horticulture and landscape management in kranji to find out more about the challenges of organic and vermicomposting
  • Ensure ideal condition through sensors and alert system
    Reduce lag time
  • Gadget and mobility
  • Forecasting

    Accurate forecasting is important for farmer to plan their fertilizer consumption needs.
    Makes use of Windows Azure – cloud computing – to power the mathematical calculations load
    Why use azure?
    ability to scale to multiple farms or add new bins – limitless scalability
    extremely reliable
    cost savings to farmer as they don’t require expensive hardware in their facilities

    Predictive model is based on historical yield result and research papers.

    Bridge:
    Wrapped up

  • Statistics to show that organic fertilizer is as cheap as chemical fertilizers. (self-grown, commercial org, chemical buyer)



  • Demonstration
  • We subsidize the small farmers from the profit of large commercial farms

    Bridge:
    Why do we need to subsidize the small independent farms?
  • Proof that we need to target small independent farmers
  • The world picture

    Bridge:
    With that, we have shown you how our project can change the way the world farm, by turning the ethical issue of saving the environment into an economical issue. By driving down the cost of organic fertilizers, farmers will now have the incentive to switch to green farming and hence, reverse the loss of environmental resources.
  • Bridge:
  • Project Vermis, Team I'm a PC

    1. 1. Vermis Team I’m a PC Changing the way the world farms
    2. 2. COST
    3. 3. Better harvest
    4. 4. Better harvest
    5. 5. Vermicomposting Worms • Problems – Low yield – High manpower – Reliability issue
    6. 6. VermisTM • Monitor the living condition of worms • Reduce the cost of manpower spent on the worm • Improve efficiency and productivity
    7. 7. Our Team of Advisors • Mr. Royston Soh – Managing Director, Kiat Lee Landscape & Building • Mr. Lam Yuen Sean – PhD Candidate (Environmental), NUS Faculty of Engineering • Mr. Lee Hong Chen – Owner of 9 Farms in Cameron Highland, Malaysia • Andrew Carmody – A2 Partners Pte. Ltd. A2 Partners Pte. Ltd.
    8. 8. Low Yield
    9. 9. High Manpower
    10. 10. Reliability issue
    11. 11. Comparison of Revenue Based on 330 ha, California Wheat Farm $0 $50,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 Commercial Compost Chemical Fertilizer Vermis System 34.9%
    12. 12. Cost of Vermis System Data: Economy Research Service (US Department of Agriculture), RedObit Science and Technology News, FAO Statistics, US Wheat Associations Sensor Cost per Vermis Bin (Over a period of 5 years) $40.00 Aggregator Cost (Over a period of 3 years and 10 Bin/Aggregator) $4.67 Electricity $10.00 Plastic Bin Cost $50.00 Network $4.00 Cost Per Bin $108.67 Number of Bins for 330Hecture of Farmland 250 Gross Cost of Bins $27,167.00 Land Cost (Est. 0.5 Ha) $5,000.00 Worms (0.5Ton Worm/Lifecycle 1Year/Produce 12 Weeks Cycle) $12,500.00 Cost of Vermis System $44,667.00
    13. 13. Phase 1 Large commercial farmers Phase 2 Small independent farmers Target Audiences
    14. 14. Fertilisers Usage 72% 28% Developed Countries Developing Countries Source: UNFAO, FAOSTAT 2007
    15. 15. Helping Poor Farmers
    16. 16. Conclusion • UN Millennium Development Goal: – Environment Sustainability • Changing the way the world farms
    17. 17. Questions?
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