Global computer networking giant Cisco has signed an MoU with the Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM) to bring the benefits of digital technology including Internet of Things (IoT) and data science to farming communities in Kerala, as part of its Country Digitization Acceleration (CDA) programme.

The first phase of this initiative will be rolled out in 15 panchayats across Kannur district.

As per the the MOU, Cisco will build an Agri-Digital Infrastructure (ADI) Platform and set up Village Knowledge Centres (VKCs) for knowledge delivery and provide access to e-learning and advisory services to the farming and fishing communities in Kannur.

The ADI Platform will provide access to a datastore with complete farming data of paddy and prawns farms in the region along with land and farmer profile databases.

This datastore will run Cisco's robust analytics and computer engines to extract insights on crop yields, weather patterns, plant disease patterns, soil quality, moisture content, forecasting and other data, and make it available to farmers and government officials through the VKCs.

This Cisco ADI Platform, which will eventually become a centralised knowledge hub, will provide data-based recommendations and insights to improve agriculture planning, reduce the risk of crop mortality and overall operational costs.

To provide a a custom-built Smart Agricultural Platform to Kerala farmers, the ADI Platform will utilize IoT sensors, Non-IoT databases, and satellite/UAV images to gather and relay real-time intelligence on soil content, moisture, weather conditions and other parameters.

The Village Knowledge Centres (VKCs) will allow farmers to access essential information on government policy updates, crop advisory services, market trends, rates and best practice videos. Farmers will also gain accessibility to government-provisioned financing on a Content Management System through a mobile application and web portal.

Cisco’s Harish Krishnan said the impact of technology can be transformational for those who need it most, elevating standards of living and foster economic development.

M Sivasankar, IT Principal Secretary, 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 for all.

To recall, in 2016 Cisco had signed an MoU with Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), and iCreate, to establish an Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation hub in order to accelerate digital transformation progress in the state of Gujarat.

Source - Mathrubhumi

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