Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Digital India Corporation (DIC) recently signed an initial pact to provide location-specific farm tele-advisories.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aims to help farmers by providing location-specific ‘Demand Based Tele Agriculture Advisories‘.
Objective of the MoU:
The main objective of the MoU is to integrate the existing Interactive Information Dissemination System (IIDS) platform of DIC with the proposed KisanSarathi programme of ICAR and its implementation through the ICAR network to reach a large number of farmers across the country.
- While ICAR is under the agriculture ministry, DIC comes under Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology.
- Both ICAR and DIC will collaborate to develop and deploy ICT (Information & Communication technology) platforms to establish and operate a multi-media, multi-way advisory and communication system for supporting various agricultural activities at local level.
- Firstly, IIDS (Interactive Information Dissemination Systems) would be deployed at ICAR.
- IIDS is a push-and pull-based system wherein agriculture-related information which can be pulled from the farmers using mobile phones.
- IIDS gives an option to farmers to receive individual needs-based information for only those services to which they have subscribed.
- The experts at the back end will have access to the farmers’ database while responding to their queries.
- In this manner, experts would be able to understand the problems raised by farmers or field problems in a better way (KYF – Know Your Farmer) and expeditiously provide appropriate solutions to the farmer in a personalized manner.
- The technical solutions for development, hosting and managing of the ICT platform will be provided by DIC.
- On the other hand, ICAR will be managing and monitoring the entire operations through their extension services network in the form of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), various domain specific research institutes and network of agricultural universities etc, in a phased manner.
Where have IIDS platform deployed at present?
- At present, the IIDS platform has been deployed in North Eastern states, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Through this Mou ICAR will be extend it to all over the country.
- The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India GoI).
- ICAR was formerly known as Imperial Council of Agricultural Research.
- It was established on 16th July 1929 as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in pursuance of the report of the Royal Commission on Agriculture.
- The ICAR has its headquarters at New Delhi.
- The Council is the apex body for co-coordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country.
- It is responsible for co-coordinating agricultural education and research in India.
- It is the largest network of agricultural research and education institutes in the world.
- The Union Minister of Agriculture serves as its president.
- Digital India Corporation (DIC) is a not for profit Company set up by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Govt. of India, under Section 8 of Companies Act 2013.
- Earlier the company was known as ‘Media Lab Asia’.
- It was renamed ‘Digital India Corporation’ w.e.f. Sep 8, 2017.
- Its objectives are to bring the benefits of information and communications technology to the people in Asia and around the world.
- DIC leads and guides in realizing the vision, objectives, and goals of the Digital India program.
- It provides strategic support to Ministries/Departments of Centre/States for carrying forward the mission of Digital India by way of Capacity Building for e-Governance projects, promoting best practices, encouraging Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), nurturing innovation and technology in various domains.