Digital Agriculture Mission
Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare signed 5 Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with private companies for taking forward Digital Agriculture.
More Important Points:
- Modernisation of the Agriculture sector will continue by infusing new technologies so that farmers can increase their income.
- MOUs were signed for pilot projects with CISCO, Ninjacart, Jio Platforms Limited, ITC Limited and NCDEX e-Markets Limited (NeML).
- Based on these pilot projects farmers will be able to make informed decisions on what crop to grow, what variety of seed to use and what best practises to adopt to maximise the yield.
- The agriculture supply chain players can plan their procurement and logistics on precise and timely information. Farmers can make informed decisions about whether to sell or store their produce and when and where and what price to sell.
Digital Agriculture Mission:
- A Digital agriculture mission has been initiated for 2021 -2025 by the government for projects based on new technologies like artificial intelligence, block chain, remote sensing and GIS technology, use of drones and robots etc. Any attempt to transform the Agriculture sector needs 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.
- Recognizing the importance of Digitization in Agriculture, the Department is creating a federated Farmers Database and building different Services around this Database so as to build Digital Ecosystems of Agriculture.
- Federated farmers’ databases will be linked by the land records of farmers from across the country and a unique Farmer ID will be created. Under this unified database for all farmers the information of all benefits and supports of various schemes of the Central & State Government can be kept and this can be the source for accessing information for providing benefits to farmers in the future.
- So far, the database is ready with details of around 5.5 crore farmers.