Fri. Nov 26th, 2021
 
A digital push to agriculture

A digital push to agriculture

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Microsoft and the Ministry of Agriculture planning to run a pilot project in villages of 6 states. According to the MoU, Microsoft would create a Unified Farmers Service Interface, through its cloud computing service. 

 

100 villages have been selected for the pilot programme. Ministry plans to create a collection if technologies and databases named AgriStack, on which other things would be built. it would create a unified system to provide end to end assistance to farmers. It is under the Central Government’s Digital India programme which aims to digitise different sectors of India. Every farmer will get a unique digital identification which would contain personal details, information on their farming land along financial details. Each ID would be linked to the individual’s aadhaar card. 

A digital push to agriculture

A digital push to agriculture
A digital push to agriculture

 

Most of the farmers in India are small farmers with little to no access to advanced technologies that can improve their output margins and bring better prices. Services like sensors to monitor cattle, drones analyse soil and apply pesticides, may significantly improve their farming methods and fetch good income. 

 

This programme aims to eradicate the problems of insufficient access to credit and information, crop wastage, poor price discovery etc with the use of effective technology. It would also augment research on more resilient crop. If the programme is successful to get rid of these problems, it would be very beneficial to the Indian farmers who do not have enough resources to support themselves.

 

But some privacy and exclusion issues have been raised. As the farmer ID cards under this programme would be linked to the Aadhar card, it is feared that the privacy of farmers might get compromised. The second concern is that making land records on the basis of farmer database is bound to exclude sharecroppers, tenant farmers and agriculture labourers, even though they are the most vulnerable in the farming sector. 

Subhangee Guha

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