Sangareddy: Telangana would utilise Big Data in agriculture to create crop colonies across the State, Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries, Commerce and Information and Technology, said on Wednesday.
Stating that the concept of crop colonies was a process that was under progress in the youngest State in India, Jayesh Ranjan said the government will work closely with International Crop Research Centre for Semi-arid Tropics (Icrisat) and other stakeholders to utilise Big Data in agriculture to bring precision in agriculture activities in Telangana.
Addressing delegates from across the world at the inaugural function of a three-day convention on Big data in Agriculture-2019 at the Icrisat campus, he said the State government believes that Big Data tools will certainly enhance the yield and incomes of farmers. “The government will develop algorithms based on the data available to make agriculture cultivation remunerative,” Jayesh Ranjan said, adding that farmers were quite often pushed into distress because they were overgrowing a particular crop after seeing considerable profits during the previous years. He further lamented that farmers were taking intuitive decisions since they were still deprived of access to expert advice even today.
Underlining the importance of Big Data in governance, the Principal Secretary said that Telangana government has been effectively utilising Big Data in designing and implementing various schemes. Stating that Big Data tools were helping the governments to take quick decisions, he said the State Police was also utilising big data effectively to make policing easy. He further observed that Big Data was helpful for the government in introducing and monitoring a number of schemes in healthcare.
Jayesh Ranjan said the administration could control frauds and misuse of schemes with Big Data analytics. Explaining the State government’s support to start-ups in agriculture, he said he will not hesitate to say that Hyderabad had the largest footprint of agri-tech in India.
Emphasising the importance of utilising Big Data in agriculture, Jayesh Ranjan said that Big Data was going to be 21st century’s oil, which brought prosperity and progress in oil producing countries in 20th century. He also underlined the importance of maintaining data integrity by developing error-free and transparent data. He further said that Big Data could be useful for not only governments and farmers, but it can also help seed, fertilizer, financial institutions and other market intermediaries.
Stating that agriculture is at a realtime crossroad now because of the shrinking area under cultivation due to rapid urbanisation and increased demand, Ranjan said that Big Data will help find a solution by increasing the farm output. Director General of ICRISAT, Peter Carberry, Coordinator of Convention, Brain King and others were present.