Farming and information technology appears to be the most distantly located information units inside the world. Farming is the most primitive and basic of the roles and IT related is the most superior contemporary.

However, we recognize the importance of farming as it is vital for life renovation on the earth and it is essential for the traits in IT to aid for the betterment of farming to produce better.

Farming and Information Technology

The records related to rules and applications of government, schemes for farmers, establishments thru which these schemes are implemented, new improvements in agriculture, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), institutions supplying new agricultural inputs (high yielding seeds, new fertilizers and so on) and education in new techniques are disseminated to farmers through use of statistics era to make sure inclusiveness and to keep away from digital divide.

Access to rate records, get entry to agriculture data, access to countrywide and global markets, increasing production efficiency and developing a ‘conducive policy environment’ is the useful results of e-Agriculture which beautify the satisfactory of the existence of farmers.

 

Tractor spraying soybean field at spring

 

Soil management, Water control, Seed management, Fertilizer control, Pest management, Harvest control and publish-Harvest management are the vital components of e-Agriculture wherein technology aids farmers with better records and alternatives.

It uses numerous technologies like Remote Sensing, PC Simulation, and assessment of wind velocity, soil first-class assays, Crop Yield predictions and marketing the usage of IT.

In India, there have been numerous initiatives by state and union governments to fulfill the various challenges going through the agriculture region within the country.

The E-Agriculture is a part of project mode assignment, which has been protected in NeGP (under national E-governance Plan) for you to consolidate the numerous learnings from the past, combine all the diverse and disparate efforts presently underway, and upscale them to cowl the complete country.

We, at LeanAgri, provide technical solutions to the farmers involving various scientific approaches, machine learning-based algorithm, thus providing the farmers with season-long crop schedules and doorstep delivery of fertilizers across the country at very nominal prices.

Being formally associated with ICRISAT, we have a strong agronomy support, crop growth data and nutrient analysis, especially for the 6 mandate crops, with proper analysis and field trials being done by ICRISAT of the various techniques developed by LeanAgri.

 

Government towards aiding agriculture through technological expansion

National Policy for Farmers, 2007

The fundamental aim behind bringing this act into action is proper reframing and strengthening agricultural extensions to enable delivery of appropriate technology and improvise on the current agronomic practices.

The goal is set to get achieved through a mixed and judicious approach of physical outreaching to farmers and involving interactive methods of information dispersal, use of ICT methods, capacity building and institution strengthening to promote mechanization, availability of quality seeds, plant protection etc. and encourage aggregation of Farmers Interest Groups (FIGs) to form Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs).

Other government-led initiatives

Pilot project scheme for Mobile values added services (m-VAS) for rural women’s Self-help group (SHG) is also part of USOF’s Sanchar Shakti programme.

In this the SHG on the basis of their activities are provided with information in local languages through SMS, outbound dialers (OBDs) and Integrated Voice response system (IVRS).

Bharat Nirman Kendra shall be a single window for providing the information on the NREGS and shall provide feedback on the quality of implementation of the program.

The main focus is to slowly move on the wage-dependent employment to self-dependent employment by providing skill development facilities to the rural masses and in the process give an impetus to the rural economy.

Kisan SMS Portal

Here farmer keeps getting SMS messages providing information or delivering service or giving advisories on his mobile from experts, scientists and officers at various level after once opting for messages on agricultural practices/crops of his interest. In short, messages are customized based on farmer’s preferences in the language chosen by them.

Kisan credit card

For farm credit, service of ICT is being harnessed like Smart Cards, Internet Kiosks and cell phone messaging. And also disbursement of all social security benefits through electronic benefit transfer to all rural areas.

Mobile-enabled Kisan card system to help the agricultural community engage in cashless transactions.

It uses the ICT to provide affordable credit for farmers in India. It was started by the Government of India, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in 1998-99 to help farmers access timely and adequate credit.

The Kisan Credit Card allows farmers to have cash credit facilities without going through time-consuming bank credit screening processes repeatedly.

Repayment can be rescheduled if there is a bad crop season, and extensions are offered for up to four years.

The card is valid for three years and subjects to annual renewals.

Withdrawals are made using slips, cards, and a passbook.

Kisan Call Centre

Kisan Call Centre is an expert advisory system and the farmers’ needs to call the toll free number 1800-180-1551 to seek expert advice on different matters related to agriculture and allied sectors.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra

The budget for 2016–17 announced by the central government laid significant focus on modernizing agriculture systems in India through a slew of measures such as setting up a dedicated micro-irrigation fund, establishing new mini-labs in the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) agricultural extension center.

This ensures maximum coverage of over 648 KVKs in the entire nation for soil sample assessment and expanding the coverage of the e-NAM from 250 markets to 585 markets.

One of the successful models that are developed in Bihar is Kisan Choupal in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra. It is being conducted in an identified village on the basis of need assessment of the farmers by the scientists on agriculture and allied enterprises.

This has increased the awareness of farmers on cropping practices and new techniques.

Additionally, this has also facilitated better and wider reach of the technologies in the farmer community.

Conclusion

It is a priority of the Government to work towards enabling social security protection for citizens, especially from the economically weaker and vulnerable sections.

In accordance with this priority, the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna (PMSBY) and Atal Pension Yojana (APY) were recently launched to address the areas of life and accident risk, and old age income security.

The Rashtriya Swastha Bima Yojana (RSBY) is also operational to provide health insurance coverage to persons living below the poverty line etc.

The Central Government has also initiated the creation of a Senior Citizen Welfare Fund through the use of certain unclaimed amounts under various specified schemes.

This fund will be used to subsidize the premiums of vulnerable groups such as old age pensioners, BPL card-holders, small and marginal farmers and others.

The proposed new National Crop Insurance Scheme will protect the interest of farmers with a broader coverage towards crop losses and other such natural calamities. This is an intervention to cover the risks involved in farming.

We can just criticize and comment on what government is doing to support the farmers of the country OR we can step up and take such initiatives and this is what entrepreneurship is all about.

We, at LeanAgri, salute this spirit of entrepreneurship and salute those who want a revolution in Indian Agriculture!


LeanAgri is an agri-tech startup set up in Pune, Maharashtra. We provide critical resources to farmers at appropriate times to implement the technologies.

Our vision is to increase incomes of farmers by increasing farm yields through systematic implementation of scientific techniques, providing essential resources and regular monitoring.

Our solutions are farm specific, can be customized for any crop, and can be implemented in other regions of the country.

We have started our operations and tested in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh.

With our Machine Learning based algorithm, we provide you with season-long crop schedules and doorstep delivery of fertilizers across the country at very nominal prices.

Together with this, we have developed an SMS and IVR based system which will remind you of the schedule so that you do not miss out on anything.

All of this comes with a 24*7 season-long support from our team of Agronomy experts who will help you out in case of an emergency.

We are incubated and formally associated with ICRISAT (International Crop Research Institute of Semi-Arid Tropics). They provide us with agronomy support, crop growth data and nutrient analysis, especially for the 6 mandate crops.

We are also supported and validated by institutions like DOGR IISR.

Our clients and partners include Rotary International and Swades Foundation.

We are helping more than 300 farmers across the country with a total area under cultivation of more than 400 acres

You can know more about our products, LeanNutriLeanData and LeanEnterprise and can contact us for more info.

 

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