NEW DELHI: Taking a
towards ‘digital farming’, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has set up a
equipped with the latest deep learning software, AI platform and cloud computing infrastructure in Hyderabad. This will enable farm scientists in identifying pests in standing crops through image analysis and then providing vital required
to farmers from anywhere in the country.
The Hyderabad centre — called ‘Krishi Megh’ — is synchronised with existing database of ICAR’s similar set-up in Delhi, hosting all applications for creation of digital farming tools for education, research and advisory services. The new centre will also act as a ‘data recovery centre’, keeping a backup of all information earlier available only at the ICAR’s Delhi centre which was set up in 2012.
Digital farming tools will help farmers get required advisories in future not only for managing their crops but also for controlling disease in their livestock with the help of extension services provided by the government’s network of 720 ‘
Krishi Vigyan Kendra
’ (KVK) and agriculture universities. ‘Krishi Megh’ was virtually launched on Tuesday by Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar.