Indian government recently announced that it will shortly grow a comprehensive data bank of farmers across the nation.
According to the federal ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare, the database would be of use in better planning and smooth execution of schemes related to agriculture.
“The department of agriculture, cooperation and farmers welfare has constituted a task force to develop a comprehensive farmers’ database for better planning, monitoring, strategy formulation and smooth implementation of schemes for the entire country,” federal agriculture and farmers welfare minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in parliament.
According to Tomar, the centralised farmers’ database shall be useful for different activities like issuing soil health cards, circulation of crop advisories to the farmers, precision farming, smart cards for farmers to facilitate e-governance, crop insurance, settlement of compensation claims, grant of agricultural subsidies, to name a few.
Till this time, the Indian government has not made any centralised farmers database in the country.
Agriculture has tolerated a great set back in the recent times due to unfavourable weather conditions, including drought and flooding.
With Indian farming in crisis, people connected with it are forced to look for other means of livelihood.