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What is Indian Government’s Project Agristack for the Indian farmers

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14 December 2022, New Delhi: Indian Government’s latest tech project Agristack is an ecosystem for facilitating the delivery of digital services to farmers by the government, Agri-tech firms, startups, FPOs, and other entities.

Agristack will consist of databases through which the government will be able to share policies and relevant data which may help farmers take an informed decisions.

A farmer will be uniquely tagged with his land record, aadhar data, the government schemes he has availed along with other relevant data in his ecosystem.

India Digital Ecosystem of Agriculture (IDEA)

The Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture has commenced the work for creating Agristack in the country. To create Agristack, the department has finalized the core concept of “India Digital Ecosystem of Agriculture (IDEA)” which lays down a framework for Agristack. For this, a Task Force was constituted and in furtherance, a concept paper on IDEA was prepared and comments were invited from subject experts, farmers, Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs), and the general public. 

Agristack is a federated structure and ownership of the data will lie with the States. The access to federated farmers’ database will be with Government only. No private company is involved in developing the federated Farmers’ database. 

As of now, the federated database is being built by taking the publicly available data as existing in the Department and various data silos in Government.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) for Proof of Concepts (PoCs) with various companies for the development of use cases have been signed and accordingly carried out. The details of these MoU/Agreements are mentioned below.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) for Proof of Concepts (PoCs) with various companies

S. No.Name of the CompanyFocus Area
1.Microsoft India Pvt. LtdFor consolidating agri ecosystem across the value chain (farm to fork) to empower the farmer using Data Analytics in 100 villages.
2.ESRI India Technologies LimitedFor Establishment & Launch of “Nation Agriculture Geo Hub” and for using their ‘ArcGIS’ platform enabling a GIS layer over Farmers’ Database.
3.Amazon Web Services IndiaFor digital services across the agri value chain and creating an innovation ecosystem around digital agriculture
4.Star Agribazaar Technology Private limitedFor collaborating with Department of Agriculture for a pilot project to promote digital agriculture
5.Patanjali Organic Research Institute Private LimitedFor farm management and farmers service
6.JIO Platforms LtdFor taking up primary intervention module, i.e., advisory (basic as well as advanced) service in first phase
7.ITC LimitedFor building a Customized ‘Site Specific Crop Advisory’ service and Digitization of Dairy Value Chain and support Wheat crop operations
8.Cisco Commerce India Pvt LtdFor conceptualizing a Proof of Concept in effective knowledge sharing between farmers, administration, academia and industry
9.NCDEX e-Markets Ltd (NeML) For a digital marketplace to contribute effectively towards increasing the income of farmers and improve farm efficiency/efficiency of the Agriculture sector
10.Ninjacart – 63Ideas Infolabs Pvt LtdFor developing and hosting the Agri Marketplace Platform
11.Artificial Intelligence Unit of National Entrepreneurship Network (Wadhwani AI)Scale the Pest Management Solution for Cotton Farmers to about 50,000 lead farmers and 500000+ cascade farmers in 2022 Kharif season. Create AI/ML solution.
Indian Government’s Project Agristack for the Indian farmers

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