IBM and NITI Aayog bring artificial intelligence to Indian farming

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In India, NITI Aayog and IBM signed a Statement of Intent to develop a crop yield prediction model using artificial intelligence to provide real time advisories to farmers in Aspirational Districts. The partnership aims to use technology to provide insights to farmers to improve soil and crop productivity, and control agricultural inputs with the goal of improving farmers’ incomes.

The scope of this project is to introduce and make available climate-aware cognitive farming techniques and identifying systems of crop monitoring, early warning on pest/disease outbreak based on advanced AI innovations.  It also includes deployment of weather advisory, rich satellite and enhanced weather forecast information along with IT & mobile applications with a focus on improving the crop yield and cost savings through better farm management.

IBM will use artificial intelligence to provide the relevant data and platform for developing technological models for improving agricultural output and productivity for various crops.