Agri Stimulus Newsletter August 2021

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Digital Mobile platform by Microsoft is all set to modernize Africa's agribusiness space: The partnership program of Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative and IFC is piloted in Kenya, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda and aims to digitize African agriculture ecosystem, modernize supply chain and improve productivity and income of 50,000 farmers.
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Agro-AWS being established at 200 DAMUs to intensify block-level Agromet Advisory: Agro-Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) aims to provide weather forecasts and further help Agromet advisories to leverage on the weather data and assist farmers to take critical decisions during deficient rainfall situations and extreme weather events. This will be communicated by the Agromet Field Units (AMFUs) co-located with State Agricultural Universities, and District Agromet Units (DAMUs) at KVKs to the farmers.
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FBN supports large scale On-Farm R&D Trials on biologicals and other ag innovations : Farmers Business Network (FBN), the global farmer-to-farmer network and ag tech company has opened applications for the FBN On-Farm R&D Trial Program to accelerate the commercialization of innovative technology that benefits farmers, manufacturers and the environment.
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Telangana to boost agri sector by deploying emerging technologies: Government of Telangana collaborated with C4IR India, the World Economic Forum, and a cross-section of the AgriTech Industry and the start-up community to explore the potential of deploying emerging technologies to transform the agriculture sector in Telangana by deploying emerging technologies in a scalable, inclusive and sustainable way. Under the Saagu Baagu project, the government aims to influence at least one lakh farmers covering four crop cycles and establish the required infrastructure for scaling it up across the State.
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Ten organizations permitted to use drones- Ministry of civil aviation: The Civil Aviation Ministry gave conditional permission to ten organizations, including Mahindra and Mahindra, Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE) and Bayer Crop Science, to use drones for various purposes. The permission is valid for a period of one year from the date of approval or until further orders.
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India to import GM soyameal for the first time : The ministry of environment has allowed imports of genetically modified soyameal as the crushed cake does not contain any living organism. The imports are necessary as skyrocketing prices of soyameal have made the livestock feed costlier, affecting farmers associated with the poultry, dairy and aqua industry.
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National database of farmers and a data policy for farm sector: The database will helping in developing solutions by leveraging the available data to reduce input costs, ease farming practices, improve quality and improve farmer income with better prices. The database is being built by taking the publicly available data as existing in the Department of Agriculture and in various data silos in government and linking them with the digitised land records. The database is envisaged to facilitate online single sign on facilities for universal access and usher in personalised services to farmers.
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First of its kind innovation council set-up to facilitate R& D in agriculture: This new innovation council set up by Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology will help to incubate and nurture technology and knowledge-based ventures to start-ups by providing infrastructure, access to business support services, guidance on marketing and advisories on intellectual property rights. The council will render major services related to agri technologies commercialisation, agri business incubation, agri consultancy and agricultural skills.
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Record business registration in agriculture in FY 21: The agriculture sector recorded the highest growth in business registration at 103% in FY 21. The sector witnessed registration of 12,368 business in FY2021 as compared to 6,107 in the previous year. Agriculture production (crops), food and kindred products manufacturing were few of the sub sectors which witnessed the maximum growth.
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