Connected Farming : Indian AgriTech Space
The digital revolution is changing businesses across the world, and no sector including
agriculture is immune to the wave of digitization. We are currently amid one of the most
transformational periods in the history of agriculture with the evolution in agriculture and
agricultural engineering from precision farming to connected, knowledge-based farm production
Sustainable practices; weather forecasting and early warning systems; fragmented land
holdings; upskilling the workforce; scalability and markets; post-harvesting; food security and
adulteration; supply-chain integration; erroneous irrigation practices; credit and financing are
some of the decisive and strategic concerns that will influence future farming.
To address these challenges, technology interventions will play an enormous role in agriculture
productivity and improve farmer livelihoods. The impact of technology in the agriculture sector
will influence farming revenues as envisioned in the Government of India’s programs including
doubling the farming income.
Digital Farming goes beyond the realm of precision farming and encompasses contemporary
technological advances including intelligent networks and data management techniques to
facilitate the automation of sustainable processes in agriculture. Digital Farming includes the
critical component of 'Smart Machines' where agricultural machinery has the capability to
generate data via sensors, receive, transmit and process data. It also includes the paradigm of
'Connected Machines' where information and communication technologies facilitate seamless
data exchange between machines, with business partners, and among data portals. The
emphasis of Digital Farming is on ensuring that targeted and timely information is delivered to
farmers based on their needs to ensure that the Indian farming sector becomes more productive
and remain competitive in the global environment.
The technological revolution leading to 'Farming 4.0' is propelled by the combination of
traditional and emerging technologies in cyber-physical systems including Mobility and
Communications; Internet of Things; Big Data and Predictive Analytics; Artificial Intelligence and
Machine Learning; Virtual and Augmented Reality; Satellite - GPS and GIS; Robots, Drones and
Autonomous Vehicles will drive the trajectory of farming and enhanced food productivity.
Digitization and Data-centricity, Intelligent Agriculture Devices, Farming 4.0 technologies is
revolutionizing the concept of Connected Farming in the Indian AgriTech space. Those who will
benefit are those with the vision, commitment and of course, the necessary knowledge and a
comprehensive understanding of the possibilities, leading to the emergence of 'Agripreneurs' in
the present and forthcoming tech-savvy generations.
AgriTech Advisory Board (AAB)
AgriTech Advisory Board (AAB) is the outcome of AgriTech Inclusion - Bengaluru Declaration at
Indian Technology Congress 2017 and brings together the unique expertise from the
'agriculture' domain and the 'technology' domain in all its dimensions. The present-day
challenges of agriculturists are the opportunities for these expert-resources to evolve
appropriate technology interventions and solutions across the existing agricultural value chains.
Enhancing Productivity, Efficiency Proficiency and Profitability for every stakeholder across the
agricultural value chain is the goal for the AAB. The Board focuses on exploring every dimension of technological innovations to create sustainable enhancements and articulate viable and profitable business opportunities for every single partner and contributor in