Centre inks MoUs with Microsoft, Amazon, Patanjali for farm data project

The Centre has signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with five firms, together with Microsoft India Pvt Ltd, Amazon Net Services, Star AgriBazaar and Patanjali Organic and natural Analysis Institute, to acquire proof of concept (PoC) or evidence that a pilot undertaking is feasible for producing a electronic ecosystem for agriculture in the place.

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar told the Rajya Sabha on Friday that these providers experienced been invited by the Centre to acquire PoC based on the federated farm database. The PoCs will aid in knowing methods that can be developed utilizing accessible details. Some of them, if uncovered valuable to the farmers, will be scaled up at nationwide level.

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“There is no connection amongst the MoUs and the Thought (India Electronic Ecosystem of Agriculture) consultation paper for which opinions were being sought from several stakeholders in the place,” he claimed.

Significant plans

The Centre experienced also issued proposal inviting proposals for the MoUs on its web-site and these providers will work professional bono for one yr, Tomar claimed.

With Microsoft India Pvt Ltd, the authorities has entered into an MoU for consolidating agri ecosystem across the price chain (farm-to-fork) and empower farmers utilizing details analytics.

ESRI India Systems Ltd has entered into MoU for establishment and start of ‘Nation Agriculture Geo Hub’. Amazon Net Services India’s MoU is for electronic expert services across the agri-price chain and producing an innovation ecosystem all over electronic agriculture.

With Star Agribazaar Technologies Pvt Ltd, the pact is for collaborating with the Office of Agriculture for a pilot undertaking in a few States to encourage electronic agriculture. “Patanjali Organic and natural Analysis Institute Pvt Ltd has inked the MoU to give farm administration and farmers company in a few districts,” the minister claimed.

As of now, the federated farmers’ database is getting developed by getting the publicly accessible details as current in several details silos in the authorities and linking them with the digitised land documents.

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“No private details of the farmers is shared with any private organisation,” he claimed, including that the Agriculture Office, in consultation with the Union Ministry of Electronics and Data Technologies, is in the system of bringing out a details plan for the agriculture sector. “Once formulated and executed, the expert services will be accessible for all the farmers across the place,” he claimed.

Stressing that the private sector providers are not involved in making the Agristack, Tomas claimed they were being not involved in making the Agristack.

Finalising Thought

Stating that the work has been commenced for producing Agristack in the place, he claimed the office is in the system of finalising Thought (India Electronic Ecosystem of Agriculture), which will lay down a framework for Agristack. Appropriately, a task power has been constituted, and in furtherance, a concept paper on Thought has been prepared and opinions were being invited from subject specialists, farmers, farmer producer organisations (FPOs) and the community.

At the time finalised, this can serve as a basis to build impressive agri-focussed methods leveraging technologies to lead properly to raising the money of farmers and strengthen farm performance and performance of the agriculture sector in the place with an in general aim of doubling of farmers’ incomes. The federated farmers’ database, which is getting developed by the agriculture office, would serve as the core of the Agristack when accomplished, he claimed.

Farmers’ protests

To a different question on the decline to the authorities owing to farmers’ protests, the Minister claimed agitation led to the inconvenience to the community for the reason that of road blockage and other agitation actions. Also, deployment of police staff for law and order preparations lead to authorities expenditure.

He claimed the implementation of the farm rules would have led to improved money of farmers and improved financial investment at village level owing to financial investment in submit-harvest administration infrastructure, logistics, price addition, storage units, and so forth. Having said that, he claimed the decline can not be quantified owing to higher than mentioned and other connected actions.

The authorities has been engaged in energetic conversations with the farmers’ unions to take care of the concerns. So much, eleven rounds of negotiation talks were being held amongst the authorities and agitating farmers’ unions to take care of the concerns.

All through several rounds of conversations, the authorities continually requested the farmers’ unions to explore the provisions of the farm rules, so that if there is an objection to any provision, the advancement can be built to resolution of these. He claimed the farmers’ unions insisted only on the repeal of the farm rules.