Agriculture Ministry signs MoU to develop national level digital extension platform

Tags: National Economy/Finance

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare signed an MoU in New Delhi on 6 February with Digital Green under a public-private partnership framework to build a national-level digital extension platform.

An overview of the news

  • The platform will operate a digital library having material available in different languages and in different formats which will be helpful to the extension functionaries.

  • Through this material will also be available to the farmers. The proposed digital platform will make the extension system more effective.

  • Through this, skill development of the network of people associated with the areas of fisheries, agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and rural livelihood mission will also be done through certified online courses.

  • Through this, farmers will be linked to the strong base of the digital agricultural environment being created by the government.

Digital Green

  • It is an award winning social enterprise.

  • It is leveraging modern technology to help small and marginal farmers increase their productivity and income, strengthen their agency, and build community-level resilience.

  • It was founded by Rikin Gandhi, a technocrat and a social development enthusiast.

  • It is working with the State Governments in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

  • It is serving more than 25 lakh farmers and has increased the capacity of more than 4000 front line workers.

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