As the world goes digital due to COVID-19 pandemic, an opportunity has been created to revive different sectors using artificial intelligence, blockchain and IoT. By leveraging these advanced technologies, India can boost farmer’s income- in line with PM Modi’s call for doubling of farmers’ income.
Due to lack of good agricultural practices, fragmented landholding & reforms, farm sector requires tech intervention to break the status quo and it is believed AI and IoT can be answers to that.
Recently Tech majors like IBM, Microsoft and Cisco came up with projects across the agriculture value chain. For instance, Microsoft in Andhra Pradesh uses an AI sowing app that helps farmers gather data on soil-test based fertilization, seed treatment, etc. – resulting in better yield.
In another initiative, Cisco collaborated with Kerala State IT Mission to develop the Agri Digital Infrastructure Platform, providing better e-learning opportunities to farmers and fishermen in Kannur district. Many firms have started using ETs in crop and soil monitoring. Secondly, the technology is being used to gauge predictive agricultural analytics- weather, sowing time, among others.
Government initiatives like eNAM, where farmers can sell their produce directly to the consumers, could leverage these advanced technologies to lay the foundation for a wider market for farmers. High food security and better income for farmers should be first and foremost priority and deep-tech can supplement efforts towards “doubling of farmers’ income” considerably.