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Kerala Partners with Cisco to Develop Smart, Connected Farming Ecosystem

Thiruvananthapuram: In alignment with its Country Digitization Acceleration (CDA) program, Cisco has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM) to bring the benefits of digital technology and data science to the farming communities in Kerala. The first phase of this initiative will be launched in 15 panchayats across Kannur

Thiruvananthapuram: In alignment with its Country Digitization Acceleration (CDA) program, Cisco has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM) to bring the benefits of digital technology and data science to the farming communities in Kerala.

The first phase of this initiative will be launched in 15 panchayats across Kannur district. Pursuant to the MoU, Cisco will build an Agri-Digital Infrastructure (ADI) Platform and set up Village Knowledge Centers (VKCs) for knowledge delivery and to provide access to e-learning and advisory services to the farming and fishing communities in Kannur. Harish Krishnan, Managing Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Engagements, Cisco said, “The impact of technology can be transformational for those who need it the most, elevating standards of living and fostering economic development.”

The comprehensive ADI Platform will provide access to a data store having complete farming data of paddy and prawns farms of the region along with land and farmer profile databases. This Cisco ADI Platform will be supplemented by a custom-built Smart Agricultural Platform that uses IoT sensors, Non-IoT databases, Satellite/UAV Images to gather and relay real-time intelligence on soil content, moisture, weather conditions and other paramaters. This platform will become a centralised knowledge hub which will provide data-based recommendations and insights to improve agriculture planning, reduce the risk of crop mortality and overall operational costs. Through VKCs farmers can also access essential information on government policy updates, crop advisory services, market trends, rates and best practice videos.

M Sivasankar IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of IT & Electronics, Govt. of Kerala said: “The government’s vision is to turn the State into a knowledge society with sustainable economic growth, technological advancements and better quality of life.”

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