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India to set up cloud-based digital platform for farmers.

The government has planned to set up a cloud-service - called 'FarmerZone' where right kind of agri data will be collated, analysed and then distributed to take care of day-to-day needs of farmers, seeking to provide precise solution of complex farm-related problem to farmers at their doorsteps.

Data related to weather prediction, disease and pest surveillance & control, soil nutrition, irrigation needs, seed selection, credit linkages and market access will be used for the developing the cloud-based platform.

The concept is conceived by the department of biotechnology (DBT) of the science ministry, taking lessons from similar digital platform available to farmers in the United States, Israel and European countries.

"The department has collaborated with different national and international stakeholders and industry partners, including Infosys and Microsoft India, to set up the 'FarmerZone' using cutting-edge technology", said an official.

The 'FarmerZone' will include a 'MarketZone' where farmers can directly sell their produce which can be picked up directly from the farm.

The concept and a roadmap for setting up the cloud-service were discussed in a conference - Smart Agriculture Conclave - where experts from different countries exchanged their views on how to set up the 'FarmerZone'.

Data availability for algorithm, cloud computing and drone/phone mapping for creating a viable and usable 'FarmerZone' were also discussed during the Conclave whose outcome will provide a definite roadmap for the cloud-based service and resulting digital farming solutions.


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