Agricultural Innovation Hub Set Up by ICRISAT
At the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), an innovation Hub (iHub) was inaugurated.
To innovate cutting edge ideas across the whole agriculture value chain for smallholder farmers, at this innovation Hub
(iHub), agricultural tech entrepreneurs, scientists and technology experts can collaborate.
ICRISAT says that, Agriculture in India is a $370 billion sector, but to improve productivity and lift millions out of
poverty there is little application of technology.
Water shortage, declining soil fertility, effects of climate change and rapid decrease of fertile agricultural lands are
multitude of problems and farmers now a days face these problems. If agriculture has to feed a rapidly growing population
with fewer resources then innovation is imperative.
The iHub at ICRISAT launched by Telangana's Industry and IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao and Agriculture Minister Pocharam
Srinivas Reddy and this hub is located at Patancheru near and spread over 10,000 square feet, it also includes a
40-seater accelerator facility.
It as an important development for the welfare of farmers and hoped that the innovations will help farmers reduce
their investments and increase productivity, described Srinivas Reddy.
Rama Rao said, "I think the convergence of technology with the distressed sectors like agriculture, is the key to empowering
our farmers and to improve productivity."
A high level advisory council has been set up to enhance and strengthen the strategic vision for iHub and this council
includes Telangana's Principal Secretary, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Principal Secretary, Information
Technology Jayesh Ranjan, Agricultural University Vice Chancellor Praveen Rao, Microsoft India Managing Director Anil
Bhansali, T-Hub Senior Vice President Rama Iyer, Agriculture, Parthasarathi, ICRISAT Director General David Bergvinson.
Its convenor is Ram Dhulipala, Lead, Digital agriculture and youth at ICRISAT.
Bergvinson said, "Entrepreneurs with passion are the ideal individuals to tackle problems using innovation and drive
conversations at the intersection of agriculture, finance and IT. Promoting such intense collaborations between entrepreneurs
and ICRISAT scientists is at the heart of the idea of iHub."
With T-Hub they already launched an international Agricultural Innovations Program and in collaborating with them many
AgriTech startups have shown interest, he informed.