India. Govt launches e-hub for farming sector


The agriculture ministry on Wednesday launched an ICAR data centre -connecting 274 specialised institutions and universities -which will act as an information hub for the farm sector and eventually link the rural population with high speed internet network.

The centrewill cater to research institutions by providing consultancy , project management, training and other value-added services.\x93This data centre of ICAR will play an important role in promoting the 'Digital India Campaign' in the agriculture sector. The campaign

aims at providing electronic services while reducing the requirements of paper,\x93 said agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh.

He said, Many have expressed doubts about our production data.The new ICAR data centre will provide transparent and accurate data\x93. His remarks came in the backdrop of doubt over the government's production data in certain quarters. Traders of farm produce have recently questioned the wheat production estimate of 93.55 million tonnes for 2015-16 crop year, saying the actual output was around 86 million tonnes.

A mobile app for 'Krishi Vigyan Kendra' was also launched.

Times of India

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