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Govt inks SoI with IBM for study on using AI, weather tech in agriculture

Date: 04 July 2019 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers

Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has signed Statement of Intent (SoI) with IT giant IBM for conducting pilot study to utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Weather Technology solutions in agriculture.  As part of the collaboration, IBM’s Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture will be leveraged to obtain village level soil moisture and farm level weather forecast in three districts in Western and Central India. This pilot study will be conducted for 2019 Kharif crop season.

Key Facts         

  • Under this collaboration, pilot study will be conducted in 3 districts of Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Rajkot (Gujarat) and Nanded (Maharashtra) respectively, with IBM India Private Limited. 
  • IBM’s Watson Decision Platform will provide solution in the field of agriculture through Artificial Intelligence (AI) and weather technology at village level/farm level.
  • It will provide soil moisture information and weather forecast on pro bono basis to help farmers for taking decisions regarding water and crop management for better production and productivity.