NITI Aayog has signed Statement of Intent (SoI) with IBM to develop crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide real time advisory to farmers in Aspirational Districts. The partnership aims to work together towards use of technology to provide insights to farmers to improve soil yield, crop productivity, control agricultural inputs with overarching goal of improving farmers’ incomes.
The project will also identify systems of crop monitoring, early warning on pest and disease outbreak based on advanced AI innovations. It also includes deployment of weather advisory, rich satellite and enhanced weather forecast information along with IT and mobile applications with focus on improving crop yield and cost savings through better farm management.
The first phase of project will focus on developing model for 10 Aspirational Districts across states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh . The project will introduce and make available climate-aware cognitive farming techniques. IBM will use AI to provide all relevant data and platform for developing technological models for improving agricultural output and productivity for various crops and soil types in identified districts. NITI Aayog will facilitate inclusion of more stakeholders on ground for effective last mile utilisation using insights generated through these models.