The Government of India has inked a pact with Microsoft Corp to provide Indian farmers post-harvest management solutions aiming to level up efficiency and productivity across the entire agriculture sector value chain. The Union Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar informed about the pact and said that such technology-powered solutions are a move towards doubling the income of farmers. Adding on the adoption of technology solutions, the Minister said, the government will join hands with other technology players as well to create a vibrant digital ecosystem for farmers.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Microsoft will use a master database of farmers to address challenges on the individual level or for groups of farmers through its local partner CropData. The government possesses a verified database of over 50 million farmers along with their land records.
As reported by a national daily, the Minister said, “Initially, Microsoft will work in 100 villages of 10 districts across states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh. The company will help farmers with post-harvest management solutions through building a collaborative platform and capturing agriculture datasets such as crop yields, weather data, market demand, and prices.”