Agriculture Min signs MoU with Microsoft to develop smart interface for farmers

Microsoft to develop farmer interface for smart and well-organized agriculture, including post-harvest management and distribution in six states.

GN Bureau | April 15, 2021


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Union Ministry of Agriculture and Microsoft India has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a pilot project in 100 villages of six states to develop farmer interface for smart and well-organized agriculture, including post-harvest management and distribution. The pilot will include Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. For this project, Microsoft has joined in with its local partner, CropData.

The project is for one year and both sides inking the MoU will bear the cost on their own. This project will carry out various tasks for the betterment of farmers in the selected 100 villages, which will enhance their income. This project will reduce the input costs for farmers and make farming easy. It is proposed to undertake similar pilot projects with other public and private players to create a vibrant digital agro-ecosystem in the country.
 
On the occasion, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Food Processing Industries Narendra Singh Tomar stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's idea of digital agriculture is now taking shape. PM has laid great emphasis on the use of modern technologies in the farming sector so that farmers can get benefitted and enhance their income through it. With the use of technology, farming will be a profitable venture for the farmers and the new generation will also get attracted towards agriculture, he added.
 
The government aims to increase the income of farmers by removing the bottleneck of inconsistent information, says the press note released by the ministry. The note highlights several new initiatives that have been launched to achieve this goal. A major initiative, in this regard, is the creation of Agri-Funds based on the National Farmers Database. The government is preparing a farmer database by linking the land records of farmers across the country. The data related to PM Kisan, Soil Health Card and Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Scheme, available with the government, have been integrated and the process of inclusion of other data is going on. Union Agriculture Minister Shri Tomar has also issued directives for Geotagging of all the assets that will be created by the virtue of all schemes of the Ministry of Agriculture.
 

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