Microsoft And Karnataka Government Join Forces To Get AI To Agriculture
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with Microsoft India by the Government of Karnataka to assist farmers with the technology-oriented solutions “that will aid them in augmenting income using the pioneering, cloud-based technologies, advanced analytics, and machine learning.”
Microsoft, through this MoU, with the contribution from the Karnataka Agricultural Price Commission, Department of Agriculture intends to design a multi-variant agricultural product cost-predicting model. Datasets will be used by this design that consists of weather datasets, production, yield, historical sowing area, and other associated datasets. The first crop to be modeled for this season will be the Tur crop.
In a press release, Microsoft India said, “The Memorandum of Understanding is also intended at using the digital devices that have the prospective to bring out cutting-edge improvements and artificial intelligence to assist farmers to get a high yield of crops in the state. A Sowing Advisory Service has been deployed by the Technology partner Microsoft in association with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in the kharif season on a finite pilot, within the Bhoochetana project. Rooted on the Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite consisting of Power Business Intelligence or Power BI) and Machine Learning, these technology solutions aspire at advancing the digital farming exercises in the state.”
Chairman of the Karnataka Agricultural Price Commission, Karnataka Government, Dr. T.N. Prakash Kammardi, said in a statement, “We are confident that digital agriculture sustained by improved technology platforms will actually help the farmers. We deem that the technology of Microsoft will back these ground-breaking experiments that will assist us to make over the lives of the farmers in our state.”
Director General at the ICRISAT, Dr David Bergvinson, emphasizes on how digital tools can change agriculture to decrease risk, augment incomes, and enhance food nutrition and safety. He said, “Farmers who took on the Sowing Advisory Service have now seen an increase in yields by timing the sowing of their crop rooted on advanced analytics that is conveyed by SMS in a judicious and targeted approach to assist dealing with risks owing to rainfall unpredictability.”
Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt. Ltd.’s Corporate Vice President for the Cloud & Enterprise, Anil Bhansali, said, “At Microsoft, we wish for technology to equip each organization and person on the globe. This MoU will assist in facilitating the usage of intelligent technologies to provide solutions to the agriculture segment. A major part can be played by Artificial Intelligence in agriculture in the digital transformation of India.”