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ICAR, DIC partner to provide tele-agriculture advisories
By TOG News service
Jun 10, 2021

TOG NEWS SERVICE, NEW DELHI, JUN 10, 2021: THE Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Digital India Corporation (DIC) signed a pact on Wednesday to facilitate farmers by providing location specific demand-based tele-advisories.

The objective of the agreement is to integrate ICAR's KisanSarathi programme with DIC's existing Interactive Information Dissemination System (IIDS) platform to reach farmers across the country.

ICAR and DIC have agreed to collaborate to develop and deploy a multimedia, multi-way advisory and communication system to support various agricultural activities at local level.

To start with, the ICAR will deploy the IIDS which is a push-and pull-based system wherein agriculture-related information can be pulled from the farmers using mobile phones. IIDS gives an option to farmers to receive individual needs-based information for only those services to which they have subscribed.

The experts at the back end will have access to the farmers' database while responding to their queries. In this manner, experts would be able to understand the problems raised by farmers or field problems in a better way and expeditiously provide appropriate solutions to the farmer in a personalised manner.

The DIC will be providing all the technical solutions with support for the development, hosting and managing the requisite platforms.

ICAR will be managing and monitoring the entire operations through their extension services network in the form of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), various domain specific research Institutes and network of agricultural universities, in a phased manner.