K’taka govt signs MoU with Microsoft for technology oriented solutions to farmers    

Technology News, State (Bengaluru), October 28:-The Karnataka government on Friday announced signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft Corporation India Private Limited with an intention to empower small holder farmers with technology-oriented solutions that will help them increase income.

The solutions would use “ground-breaking”, cloud based technologies, machine learning and advanced analytics.

The MoU will experiment with Karnataka Agricultural Price Commission and Department of Agriculture to help improve price forecasting practices to benefit farmers, a joint release said.

Microsoft, with guidance from Karnataka Agricultural Price commission (KAPC), is attempting to develop a multi-variant agricultural commodity price forecasting model considering the following datasets as historical sowing area, production, yield, weather datasets  and other related datasets, as relevant.

For this season, Tur crop has been identified for this prediction model, it added.

“We are certain that digital agriculture supported by advanced technology platforms will truly benefit farmers. We believe that Microsoft’s technology will support these innovative experiments, which will help us transform the lives of farmers in our state,” KAPC Chairman T N Prakash  Kammardi said.

The MoU is also aimed at using digital tools that have the potential to deliver cutting edge innovations and  artificial intelligence to help farmers get higher crop yields in the state.

Microsoft, in collaboration with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), has deployed a Sowing Advisory Service in the kharif season on a limited pilot, under the Bhoochetana project, it said.

Built on the Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite, including Machine Learning and Power BI or Business Intelligence, these technology solutions aim at promoting digital farming practices in the state, it added. “This MoU will help enable the use of intelligent technologies to deliver solutions in the agriculture sector.

Artificial Intelligence in agriculture can play a major role in the digital transformation of India,” Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt. Ltd Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise Anil Bhansali said.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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