15 March 2022, Bhopal: The ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh organized the National Webinar on “AGRITECH INNOVATIONS to Leap Forward Sustainable Management of Soil and Environment” today.
Delivering the inaugural address, the Chief Guest, Dr. Suresh Kumar Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management), ICAR highlighted the importance of the scientific management of soil and water using the agri-innovations like Sensors, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence and Cloud-based Solutions. The nature-based solutions for reducing the reliance on the high input agriculture were also stressed by the DDG.
Dr. Ashok K. Patra, Director, ICAR-IISS, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh underlined about the ICT based AGRITECH Innovations in doubling the farmers’ income.
Dr. Praveen Pankajakshan, VP Data Science & AI, Cropin (India) delivered the Keynote Address on “Crop Mapping using AI & Remote-Sensing for Eco-Agriculture and Sustainability (CARES)”. The ways in which the Cropin is dealing with the issues like crop diversity, soil restoration, climate smart agriculture, carbon storage using prediction models and identification of crop pests & diseases were stated by Dr. Praveen.
Dr. Sara Malvar, Senior Research Software Development Engineer, Microsoft, Brazil and Shri Tusher Chakraborty, Software Engineer – II, Microsoft, India also delivered the Keynote Address on “FarmBeats and Terra Vibes: Empowering Farmers with Affordable Digital Agriculture and Earth Observation Solutions”
Dr. M. Mohanty, Scientist G, Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India also deliberated during the occasion.
About 170 participants including the Directors of ICAR-NRM Institutes, Scientists, State Government Officials, Research Scholars, Industry Representatives and Students participated in the Webinar.