According to Dalwai Panel, E-Technology such as ICT, Satellite, AI, IoT etc. would help us address the present challenges such as lack of access to inputs, lower productivity and lower price realization and hence double farmers’ income.
Role of E-Technology in production:
- Location Specific Information on what crop to grow, what variety of seed to buy, when to sow, and what best practices to adopt. Ex: Kisan Suvidha App
- Facilitate physical delivery of inputs such as seeds, fertilizers etc. through online platforms. Ex: BharatRoshan
- Increased Mechanization through Custom hiring centres and Uber-like apps such as Goldfarm
- Facilitate easier access to Loans through Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme. Ex: Karnataka’s Bhoomi Project
- Optimally utilize resources such as water and fertilizers through AI, IoT etc. Ex: FASAL
- Enhanced coverage and effectiveness of Government’s schemes Ex: DBT for PM KISAN, Karnataka’s FRUITS Platform
Role of E-Technology in marketing:
- Efficient Price Discovery through E-NAM.
- Elimination of middlemen through initiatives such as Ninjacart and ITC’s e-choupal.
Facilitate Inverse fork-to-farm strategy to enable farmers to grow crops according to their demand Ex: AGMARKNET.
Going forward, there is a need to address the present challenges such as internet connectivity, affordability etc. through proposed the Agri stack to make agriculture more Industrialized.