On April 14, 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft India to undertake a Pilot Project in 100 villages (of 10 districts) in 6 states. The pilot programme is aimed at reducing input cost and boosting the income of Farmers.
- For the implementation of the project, Microsoft India has partnered with a local partner ‘CropData Technologies’.
- The 6 States are Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.
- The Duration of the project is 1 year and the cost of the project will be borne by the Agriculture Ministry & Microsoft India.
- In this regard, an MoU and tripartite agreement were exchanged in the presence of Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of MoA&FW and 2 Minister of State for MoA&FW – Parshottam Rupala, Kailash Choudhary.
- Microsoft will develop a farmer interface for smart & well-organized agriculture, which includes post-harvest management and distribution.
- Various tasks will be carried out in the 100 selected villages for enhancing the income of farmers and making farming easy.
- It is proposed to undertake similar pilot projects with other public/private players for creating a vibrant digital agro-ecosystem in India.
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Global CEO – Satya Nadella
Global Headquarters – Redmond, Washington, USA
Microsoft India President – Anant Maheshwari
About Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW):
Union Minister – Narendra Singh Tomar (Morena, Madhya Pradesh)
Minister of State – Parshottam Rupala (Rajya Sabha, Gujarat), Kailash Choudhary (Lok Sabha – Barmer, Rajasthan)