Union Ministry of Agriculture signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft India for a pilot project in 100 villages of 6 states. On this occasion, agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar stated that PM Modi’s idea of digital agriculture is now taking shape. With the use of technology, farming will be a profitable venture for the farmers and the new generation will also get attracted towards agriculture.
Tomar added that the agricultural economy is the backbone of our country. The agriculture sector has contributed positively to our country’s economy even in adverse conditions like Corona epidemic. Any loss to agriculture is a loss for the country. This is the reason why the Prime Minister has taken many tasks on priority basis. Schemes are being formulated and implemented one after another to make farming profitable for small farmers.
Microsoft has come forward to start a pilot project in selected 100 villages in 10 districts of 6 states (Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh) to develop farmer interface for smart and well-organized agriculture, including post-harvest management and distribution. 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.
The government aims to increase the income of farmers by removing the bottleneck of inconsistent information. A number of new initiatives 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. The agriculture minister has also issued directives for Geo tagging of all the assets that will be created by the virtue of all schemes of the Ministry of Agriculture.