It seems that Farmers are the most blessed one this season. Reason being, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed between  Karnataka Government and Microsoft India, to empower farmers with technology-oriented solutions like Cloud, Artificial Intelligence(AI) and advanced analytics.

As part of MoU, Microsoft, as guided by the Karnataka Agricultural Price Commission (KAPC), Department of Agriculture will also develop a multi-variant agricultural commodity price forecasting model.

This model will keep a close check on the historical sowing area, production, yield, weather updates and conditions and other relevant requited sets of data.

For instance, this season will perceive Tur Crop being demonstrated as the prediction model, as stated by Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft India (R&D). He further stated that “This MoU will help enable the use of intelligent technologies to deliver solutions in the agriculture sector. AI in agriculture can play a major role in the digital transformation of India”.

Another impact of this move is also aimed at using digital tools have the potential to deliver cutting-edge innovations and AI to aid farmers to acquire high crop yields in the state.

Built on the Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite, these technology solutions are mainly aimed at promoting digital farming practices in the state. To this, Dr. T.N. Prakash Kammardi, Chairman, KAPC, regarded that, “We believe that Microsoft’s technology will support these innovative experiments which will help us transform the lives of the farmers in our state”.

Further, Microsoft, in collaboration with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has deployed a Sowing Advisory Service in the kharif season on a limited pilot, under the “Bhoochetana” project.

Now, this ICRISAT is a non-profit organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world.

Lastly, Dr. David Bergvinson, Director General, ICRISAT, have noted that “Farmers who adopted the Sowing Advisory Service have already seen yield increases by timing their crop sowing based on advanced analytics that is delivered by SMS in a timely and targeted manner to help manage risks due to rainfall variability”.