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Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare’s AI Initiatives

Why is it in the news?

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was recently signed between the National Farmers’ Welfare Programme Implementation Society, IndiaAI (Digital India Corporation), and Wadhwani Foundation.
  • This collaboration aims to make India a global leader in AI-driven digital agriculture, with the Wadhwani Foundation providing critical support in formulating and executing an AI strategy.

More about the news

  • The Ministry is advocating for a network-centric approach using India Digital Ecosystem Architecture (InDEA) 2.0, designed by the Ministry of Electronics & IT, Government of India.
  • InDEA 2.0 is a framework facilitating the design of large IT architectures for both governments and private enterprises, ensuring the seamless delivery of integrated services across organizational boundaries.

AI Technologies under InDEA 2.0:

1) Kisan e-Mitra:

  • A chatbot powered by AI that addresses farmers’ inquiries specifically related to the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme.
  • Accessible in multiple languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Odia, Bangla, and English.

2) National Pest Surveillance System:

  • Developed in collaboration with the private sector, this system utilizes AI and Machine Learning (ML) models.
  • Its primary purpose is to detect crop issues promptly, providing farmers with timely information to take swift action.
  • Aims to enhance crop health, potentially leading to increased yields and improved livelihoods for farmers.


About Wadhwani Foundation

·       Wadhwani Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to expediting economic development through various initiatives, including entrepreneurship, small business expansion, innovation, and skill development.

·       Established in the year 2000.

·       The foundation’s mission revolves around fostering job creation and economic growth.

·       Areas of Focus: Entrepreneurship; Small business expansion; Innovation; and Skill development.

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