NEW DELHI: As part of India’s ongoing plan to create a digital ecosystem for the farm sector, a centralised database, Agri Stack, of eight crore farmers will be ready by December by linking their all relevant details including land records. This database will generate unique IDs, like ‘Aadhaar’, for land-owning farmers in due course.
“Database of 5.5 crore farmers has already been created. It will be increased to 8 crore farmers by December with the help of state governments. The database will be made available to state and central agencies for taking farmer-friendly decisions and implementing various schemes,” said agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
Addressing a virtual conference of state agriculture ministers and a few chief ministers, Tomar underlined the importance of such databases for “targeted service delivery” with higher efficiency and time bound manner, and said agriculture has to be linked with digital technology, scientific research and knowledge to promote ‘digital agriculture’ in the country.
The national farmer database is being created by taking data from existing schemes like PM-Kisan, soil health card and PM Crop Insurance Scheme. It will be connected to the state land records database, bringing all 14 crores land-owning farmers in the country on board by collating data from other databases of ministries of agriculture, fertilizers, and food & public distribution.
Deliberations at the Conference were focussed on newly created Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF), increasing footprints of PM-kisan and Kisan Credit Cards (KCC), digital farming, National Mission on oilseeds and oil palm, and exports of agriculture products.
In order to give a digital push to the farm sector, the agriculture ministry had in April signed a MoU with Microsoft India to start the pilot projects. It has selected 100 villages in six states — Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh — for the projects on digital farming, leveraging use of technology, data and artificial intelligence (AI) for supporting farmers in multiple activities.
Many farmer organisations have, however, expressed their serious concerns over creation of such a database, saying the move would compromise the data privacy of farmers.

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