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Telangana govt and IISc to create India's first agricultural data exchange

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Sep 07, 2022 11:00 AM

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The Telangana government and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have signed an agreement to establish India's first Agricultural Data Exchange (ADEx).

“ADEx will be built upon India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX), a pioneer in enabling the use of data for public good,” Bengaluru-based IISc said in a statement on September 5.

IUDX was also developed at IISc in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), and it has launched a number of platforms, tools, and applications that have benefited urban citizens, according to the statement.

Enable variety of new services for farmers

According to the statement, the partnership with the Telangana government will bring these same concepts to the agriculture sector, enabling a variety of new services for farmers such as more credit options, better insurance products, improved seed tracking, and more targeted farming advisory.

By early 2023, ADEx will be piloted in Telangana with a select set of partners and use-cases, followed by a production rollout in the same state that year. It was stated that both public and private sector data would be made available through ADEx, and that a variety of start-ups and more established companies would be encouraged to build these new farmer services.

It is expected that the ADEx will then be made available to other States and broadly deployed across the nation. Principal Secretary IT, Government of Telangana, Jayesh Ranjan was quoted as saying that data is the key to enabling new services for our farmers and improving the agriculture sector.

“With ADEx, we hope to enable a new eco-system of application developers who will now have access to a best-of-breed data platform to create applications targeted at bringing technology-driven change to the sector,” he said.

IISc Director Prof G Rangarajan said a nation, where the majority of people make their livelihood from agriculture, needs to apply its considerable technical firepower to this sector. “With the ADEx initiative, IISc is pleased to be a part of that effort and we have high hopes that this will help the farmers of Telangana and eventually the nation,” he said.

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