15 September 2021, New Delhi: Jio with its agriculture centric platform JioKrishi signed an MOU with the Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. The MOU aimes at Increasing farmers income and protecting their produce mentioned Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture during the event.
Jio is in the business of providing digital and IT services and owns and controls the “JioKrishi” Platform that provides services including but not limited to (a) creating a data-driven farmer ecosystem; (b) enable analysis of the soil conditions of agricultural plot of land owned by the farmers; (c) enable analysis of the irrigation needs of the agricultural plot of land owned by the farmers; (d) provide farmers with educational videos; and (e) help farmers connect with agricultural experts who would answer their queries.
Based on these pilot projects farmers will be able to take informed decisions on what crop to grow, what variety of seed to use and what best practises to adopt to maximise the yield. The agriculture supply chain players can plan their procurement and logistics on precise and timely information. Farmers can take informed decisions about whether to sell or store their produce and when and where and what price to sell.
Jio Agri Platform is built with the purpose of digitizing agri ecosystem across the value chain to empower the farmers. It is designed to bring major participants of the Agri value chain on a common integrated platform and drive efficiencies in all agricultural activities and transactions, be it ‘in the farm’, ‘around the farm’, or ‘beyond the farm’. The platform features have been divided into 2 categories i.e. basic and advanced. While basic features use stand-alone data on apps to provide advisory, the advanced features uses data from different sources, powers AI/ML algorithms, and gives accurate personalized advisory.
The primary intervention module, i.e., advisory (basic as well as advanced) service will be taken up in first phase as the pilot in 2 districts of Maharashtra, viz. Jalna and Nashik.