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Govt to soon launch one-stop-shop for agriculture data: Agri Min official 

New on News , Oct 8, 2020

The authorities will soon launch a standard information infrastructure of all farmers together with land file particulars for higher attain of varied farm schemes, senior Agriculture Ministry official Ashish Kumar Bhutani mentioned on Thursday.

“This will act as a one-stop-shop for data, including access to finance by farmers, startups, and researchers for developing new apps, so that the benefits reach the grassroots,” Bhutani mentioned, addressing a webinar organised by FICCI and German Agribusiness Alliance.

The authorities’s schemes equivalent to Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), PM-KISAN and Soil Health Card will probably be built-in by a standard database together with land file particulars over a time frame, he mentioned in an announcement.

“The data will be reliable, and that the government is targeting to launch this soon,” he mentioned, including that creating requirements for sharing and enhancing the standard of knowledge will probably be carefully monitored by the federal government.

Bhutani is CEO of PMFBY in addition to joint secretary within the Union Agriculture Ministry.

On adoption of synthetic intelligence within the agriculture sector, Bhutani mentioned the federal government appearing as an enabler is a vital consider sooner adoption of AI.

“The authorities is working to present an enabling setting, the place the non-public gamers and authorities can work collectively to carry the good thing about AI to all of the farmers and shoppers. This can even assist in bringing down the value for the shoppers in addition to getting one of the best value for the farmers,” he mentioned.

Further, Bhutani mentioned India has about 145 million farmlands with very small holding measurement, which is round one hectare per holder. The goal of doubling farmers’ revenue is an enormous job to be achieved.

“Artificial Intelligence would play a major role in ensuring that the targets are met. There is a need for digitalisation in the agriculture sector,” he famous.

Elaborating on the PMFBY, he mentioned that since its launch, the scheme has been a radical shift in the way in which crop insurance coverage is applied within the nation. It is the third greatest programme on the planet after the US and China’s schemes. “Technology is the way forward for implementation of the program.”

Highlighting the initiatives of the federal government, Bhutani mentioned the most important problem is to improve the manufacturing by 50 per cent over the following 20-30 years with a restricted scope of improve within the farming space.

“The total focus has shifted to utilizing know-how for managing meals safety and different points of agriculture. AI could be successfully utilized in soil monitoring, predictive information analytics and enhancing provide chain inefficiencies.

“The National e-Governance project on agriculture, which has been revisited this year, has given the focus on using information technology, AI, Machine Learning etc,” he famous.

He additional said that using AI and digital applied sciences for sensible crop slicing experiments will additional enhance the accuracy of forecasts and lead to efficient implementation of the PMFBY.

According to the FICCI-PwC report, the market measurement of AI in agriculture is anticipated to attain USD 8.four billion by 2030 from USD 0.85 billion in 2019.

 

 

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