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ICAR, DIC sign MoU to provide ‘Demand Based Tele Agriculture Advisories’ to farmers

Updated: Jun 10, 2021 07:14:34am

ICAR, DIC sign MoU to provide ‘Demand Based Tele Agriculture Advisories’ to farmers

New Delhi, Jun 10 (KNN) In order to facilitate farmers by providing location specific ‘Demand Based Tele Agriculture Advisories’, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Digital India Corporation (DIC) has signed an initial pact to provide location specific farm tele-advisories.

''The objective of the MoU is to integrate the existing Interactive Information Dissemination System (IIDS) platform of DIC with the proposed KisanSarathi program of ICAR and its implementation through ICAR network to reach a large number of farmers across the country,'' said an official statement on Wednesday.

ICAR which is under the agriculture ministry and DIC comes under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology have agreed to collaborate to develop and deploy ICT platforms to establish and operate a multi-media, multi-way advisory and communication system for supporting various agricultural activities at local level, it added.

To start with, IIDS would be deployed at ICAR which is a push-and-pull-based system wherein agriculture-related information can be pulled from the farmers using mobile phones.

IIDS gives an option to farmers to receive individual needs-based information for only those services to which they have subscribed.

The experts at the back end will have access to the farmers’ database while responding to their queries.

In this manner, experts would be able to understand the problems raised by farmers or field problems in a better way (KYF – Know Your Farmer) and expeditiously provide appropriate solutions to the farmer in a personalized manner.

Currently the IIDS platform has been deployed in North Eastern states, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana which would be extended to all over the country with this MoU with ICAR.

The DIC will be providing the entire technical solution with support for development, hosting and managing the requisite ICT platform. The ICAR will be managing & monitoring the entire operations through their extension services network in the form of KrishiVigyanKendras (KVKs), various domain specific research Institutes and network of agricultural universities etc., in a phased manner.

The event was presided over by Dr. TrilochanMohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR), Sanjay Kumar Singh, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) and Abhishek Singh, Managing Director & CEO, DIC.


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