Digital tech to help in doubling farmers’ income


NEW DELHI: The use of digital technology is set to play a transformational role in modernizing and organising agricultural activities in a bid to double the farmers’ income by 2022.

Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed Rajya Sabha that the deployment of technologies like artificial intelligence, big data analytics, block chain technology and internet of things (IoT) are important for the success of schemes.

“The government has constituted an inter-ministerial committee to examine issues relating to


He said that farmers are being informed through Kisan Suvidha mobile application about critical parameters like weather, market prices, plant protection, input dealers, farm machinery, soil health

“With market information, farmers are better informed about markets to sell produce, informed decisions to sell produce at the right price and right time,” he said.

The government has also set up 713 Krishi vigyan kendras and 684 agricultural farm community.

“In addition, farmers are provided information through focused publicity campaigns, kisan call centres, agri-clinics and agri-business centres of entrepreneurs, agri fairs, exhibitions and kisan SMS Portal,” he said.

He said that Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has also compiled more than including package of practices, market prices of various commodities, weather

Tomar said that the ministry has launched e-National Agriculture Market initiative to provide farmers an

with recommendations on appropriate dosage of nutrients to be applied for improving

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