Microsoft to conduct pilot for smart agriculture

The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Microsoft India has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a pilot project in 100 villages of 6 states for smart agriculture.

Microsoft has come forward to start a pilot project in selected 100 villages in 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. In this regard, a MoU and tripartite agreement have been exchanged in the presence of Cabinet Minister Narendra Tomar and the two Ministers of State. 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.

On this occasion, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Food Processing Industries Narendra Singh Tomar stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea of digital agriculture is now taking shape.

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. Union Agriculture Minister Shri Tomar 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.

Union Ministers of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala and Kailash Chaudhary; Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal; Additional Secretary Vivek Agrawal; President of Microsoft India Anant Maheshwari; Executive Director Navtej Bal; Director (Strategic Sales) Nandini Singh; Managing Director of CropData Technology Sachin Suri; Director Ramakant Jha and other officials attended the function.

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