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Microsoft using AI and other new tech to help Indian farmers increase crop yields

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A welcome innovative experiment to help transform the lives of our farmers in few States….
[h=1]Microsoft using AI and other new tech to help Indian farmers increase crop yields[/h]


Farmers in few villages in Telangana, Maharashtra and MP are receiving automated voice calls that tell them whether their cotton crops are at risk of a pest attack.

New technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud Machine Learning, Satellite Imagery and advanced analytics are empowering small-holder farmers in India to increase their income through higher crop yield and greater price control, Microsoft India said.

In a few dozen villages in Telangana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, farmers are receiving automated voice calls that tell them whether their cotton crops are at risk of a pest attack, based on weather conditions and crop stage.

In Karnataka, the government can get price forecasts for essential commodities such as tur (split red gram) three months in advance for planning the Minimum Support Price (MSP).

"Sowing date as such is very critical to ensure that farmers harvest a good crop. And if it fails, it results in loss as a lot of costs are incurred for seeds, as well as the fertilizer applications," Suhas P. Wani, Director, Asia Region, of the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), said in a Microsoft blog post.

Read more at: http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/microsoft-using-ai-and-other-new-tech-help-indian-farmers-increase-crop-yields-73316
 
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