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Digital Agriculture

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  • September 15, 2021
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Digital Agriculture

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS III-Agriculture 

Context: Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare signs 5 MOUs with private companies for taking forward Digital Agriculture

  • A Digital agriculture mission has been initiated for 2021 -2025 by government for projects based on new technologies like artificial intelligence, block chain, remote sensing and GIS technology, use of drones and robots etc. 
    • To imbibe an ecosystem thinking and a digital ecosystem. 
    • The Agriculture value chain extends from crop selection to crop management and the market; it involves public and private players in agricultural inputs and services and also logistics. 
    • Establishing a digital ecosystem of agriculture needs to take a long-term view of aspects like interoperability, data governance, data quality, data standards, security and privacy, besides promoting innovation. 
    • A significant requirement is adoption of a decentralized, federated architecture that assures autonomy to the service providers and all other actors and ensures interoperability at the same time.  
  • Creation of a federated Farmers Database and building different Services around this Database – to build Digital Ecosystems of Agriculture. 
  • Federated farmers’ database will be linked by the land records of farmers from across the country and unique Farmer ID will be created – Information of all benefits and supports of various schemes will be provided. 

Advantage: 

  • Based on these pilot projects farmers will be able to take informed decisions on what crop to grow, what variety of seed to use and what best practises to adopt to maximise the yield.
  • Plan their procurement and logistics on precise and timely information. 

News Source: PIB

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