DIC and ICAR sign MoU to provide ‘Demand Based Tele Agriculture Advisories’ to farmers
Digital India Corporation (DIC) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide ‘Demand Based Tele Agriculture Advisories’ to farmers.
The objective of the MoU is to integrate the existing Interactive Information Dissemination System platform of DIC with the proposed Kisan Sarathi programme of ICAR and its implementation through ICAR network to reach a large number of farmers across the country.
ICAR and DIC have agreed to collaborate to develop and deploy ICT platforms to establish and operate a multi-media, multi-way advisory and communication system for supporting various agricultural activities at local level.
The Interactive Information Dissemination System (IIDS) would be deployed at ICAR which is a push-and-pull-based system. Under this, 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.