New Delhi: The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in India has embraced Artificial Intelligence (AI) to tackle various challenges in the agricultural sector, aiming to provide crucial support to farmers.
The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, ArjunMunda, shared details of these groundbreaking initiatives in a written reply in RajyaSabha on Friday.
One notable initiative is the introduction of ‘Kisan e-Mitra,’ an AI-powered chatbot designed to assist farmers with queries related to the PM KisanSammanNidhi scheme.
This innovative solution is equipped to handle multiple languages and is continuously evolving to extend its support to other government programs, streamlining communication and accessibility for farmers.
To combat the impact of climate change on agricultural productivity, the Ministry has implemented the National Pest Surveillance System.
This system utilizes advanced AI and Machine Learning technologies to detect crop issues promptly, enabling timely intervention to ensure healthier crops and reduce losses.
Furthermore, the Ministry has incorporated AI-based analytics for crop health assessment, leveraging field photographs, and monitoring crop health using satellite, weather, and soil moisture datasets.
This technology focuses initially on rice and wheat crops, providing farmers with valuable insights for informed decision-making.
These AI-driven interventions showcase the government’s commitment to harnessing cutting-edge technologies to enhance the efficiency and resilience of the agricultural sector.
As technology continues to play a pivotal role in addressing agricultural challenges, these initiatives mark a significant step forward in ensuring sustainable and prosperous farming practices for the nation.