Govt To Soon Launch Common Data Infrastructure For Agriculture
For the better reach of various farm schemes, the government will soon launch a common data infrastructure of all farmers along with land record details, said senior Agriculture Ministry official Ashish Kumar Bhutani.
In a webinar organised by Ficci and German Agribusiness Alliance, Bhutani said,
“This will act as a one-stop-shop for data, including access to finance by farmers, startups, and researchers for developing new apps so that the benefits reach the grassroots.”
Bhutani also stated schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), PM-KISAN and Soil Health Card, will be integrated through a common database along with land record details over some time.
Shedding light on the initiatives of the government, Bhutani said the biggest challenge is to increase the production by 50% over the next 20-30 years with a limited scope of increase in the farming area.
Bhutani also talked about the adoption of artificial intelligence in the agriculture sector. He said the government, acting as an enabler, is a critical factor in faster adoption of AI.
“The government is working to provide an enabling environment, where the private players and government can work together to bring the benefit of AI to all the farmers and consumers. This will also help in bringing down the price for the consumers as well as getting the best price for the farmers.”
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