Transformative Agricultural Practice -Application of Artificial Intelligence

 

Almost a decade back, I was interacting with some of the research students in a leading agricultural university in India. Whenasked if they would be interested to takeagriculture as a profession, all of them denied even to think on the possibility. Today,Agri-Tech companies are burgeoning in every part of the country. What has changed over the last two decades? Isit the perception about agriculture?Traditionally the agricultural activities were limited to food and crop production, thus yielding very low income and poor standard of life. Today the scopeisnot only limited to production but also involves processing, marketing, distribution,and livestock management. Figure 1: Perceptual change in Agricultural activities, source Grus & GradeTheintegration of various actors and activities in Agrivalue chain has attracted a lot of interest in youth towards agriculture. Though the sector still faces plutonic problem, the silver lining is the use cases of latest innovative industry 4.0 technological solutions in agricultural sector. Moreover, with the penetration of mobile and internetinto semi urban and rural areas, policy advocacy due to various digital strategies oftheGovernmentsas well as increasing youth population, the stage is all set for adoption of technological innovations in what we expect to be the next economic and social revolution of the country. As per researchconducted by Grus & Grade team in eight states of India, the COVID 19 has acted as a catalyst for digital penetration and adoption in rural India.

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