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Centre inks 5 deals for digital agriculture push

  • Posted By
    10Pointer
  • Categories
    Economy
  • Published
    16th Sep, 2021

Context

The ministry of agriculture signed agreements with five firms to push a project to harness big data from the farm sector for a digitised platform known as “Agri Stack”.

What is Digital Agriculture?

  • Digital agriculture is the use of digital technology to integrate agricultural production from the paddock to the consumer. 
  • These technologies can provide the agricultural industry with tools and information to make more informed decisions and improve productivity.

The project

  • The agri-stack will aid precise targeting of subsidies, services and policies.
  • Under the programme, each farmer of the country would be assigned an FID, or a farmers’ ID, linked to land records to uniquely identify them.
    • India has 140 million operational farm-land holdings. 
  • The database will connect seemingly simple data points: the number of occupational farmers who avail of subsidies, how much land they own, what they grow and which agro-climatic zones they fall in. 
  • These data points will be triangulated by software-driven intelligence that will throw up a far more illuminating picture of the rural and agricultural economy.

AgriStack

  • ‘AgriStack’ is a collection of technology-based interventions in agriculture. 
  • It aims to create a unified platform for farmers to provide them end to end services across the agriculture food value chain.