The government is designing a digital ‘stack’ comprising agricultural datasets; it will have land records as its core. Applications designed based on the digital stack will assist farmers with several recommendations. These suggestions will help farmers decide which seeds to purchase and the best practices to maximise yield. The stack will also update farmers on agricultural credit, weather, insurance, etc.
Digital AgriStack aims to increase farmers’ income and enhance the agricultural sector’s overall capabilities. The core features of AgriStack includes – a unique identification number for each farmer, data on the latest research on agriculture, weather, agricultural commodity prices, data and access to central government schemes, agricultural permissions and regulations.
A paper detailing the AgriStack architecture was shared on the India Digital Ecosystem Architecture (IDEA). According to experts, current applications and technologies, such as Kisan Suvidha, render agriculture-related data from existing schemes; however, they do not integrate databases.
With the help of AgriStack, people involved in the agricultural supplies can plan their logistics and production precisely. Farmers will have a better idea about when to sell their produce and at what price to sell. Farmers can also benefit from data protection and new technologies. The objective of AgriStack is to shift towards precision farming using all the agricultural inputs required.
The digital stack could also have a feature to access the creditworthiness of an agricultural borrower. The stack could have information about a farmer’s borrowing history, cropping pattern, land ownership, and income. AgriStack will place farmers in the middle of the agriculture ecosystem.
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