With the vision of “the need for effective decision making in agriculture that integrates science, technology, innovation and the farm ecosystem by asking for an ‘Evergreen Revolution’ the need is to modernise all aspects of agriculture to this purpose by bringing to bear quality analysis of the ecosystem, well-thought decisions and an efficient use of cutting-edge science and technology to the very complex Indian farm environment”, Department of Bio-Technology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, is holding a ‘Smart Agriculture Conclave’ on 30-31 August, 2017.
The expected outcome of the Conclave is to provide a roadmap for setting up a cloud-service “FarmerZone” where the right kind of agri data is collated and leading to maximum impact, vis-a-vis farmer needs and make this data useful for the farmer such as data related to weather, disease and pest surveillance and control, soil, market among various related information. The Department is collaborating with different stake holders – international, national and industry to set up a “FarmerZone”.
The “FarmerZone” would be a multi-purpose window for solutions and will be available for farmers anywhere in the world. Solutions will provided at the farm, similar to that done by e-commerce companies at the doorstep. The farmer can access the service directly or through an intermediate structure such as local co-operative. The FarmerZone will include a MarketZone where farmers can directly sell their produce which can be picked up by directly from the farm.
The Conclave will have International Research Councils, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Infosys, Microsoft Research, Jain Irrigation, GODAN and Ekgaon Technologies as partners. It will be attended by experts from UK, USA and India.
The Conclave will focus on small and marginal land-holding farmers who constitute a major component of Indian agriculture and challenges faced by them in the context of soil, diseases, weather, impact of climate change and market supply chain.