Ministry of Agriculture signs MoUs for Digital Agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture and farmer welfare has signed MOUs for pilot projects with Cisco, Ninjacart, Jio Platforms Ltd, ITC Ltd and NCDEX e-Markets Ltd (NeML).

GN Bureau | September 15, 2021


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Modernisation of the Agriculture sector will continue by infusing new technologies so that farmers can increase their income, states Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. The Ministry of Agriculture and farmer welfare has signed MOUs for pilot projects with Cisco, Ninjacart, Jio Platforms Ltd, ITC Limited and NCDEX e-Markets Limited (NeML).

These pilot projects are aimed to enable farmers to make informed decisions on what crop to grow, what variety of seed to use and what best practices to adopt to maximise the yield. The agriculture supply chain players can plan their procurement and logistics on precise and timely information. 
 
A Digital agriculture mission has been initiated for 2021 -2025 by the government for projects based on new technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, remote sensing and GIS technology, use of drones and robots etc as an attempt to transform the Agriculture sector. 
 
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 the 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 to built Digital Ecosystems of Agriculture. A Federated farmers’ database 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 Central and 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.

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