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ICT will help improve quality of agri produce: NABARD Chief

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There is an urgent need to bridge the gap between agriculture research and farmers, stressed Dr. G. R. Chintala, Chairman, NABARD. While speaking on an occasion organized by National Agro foundation (NAF) at Chennai, he suggested that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) such as blockchain technologies could be effectively used not only to improve the quality of agri produce but also to promote export. He emphasized that agencies like NAF with a nationalistic outlook should play key roles in bridging the research – extension gap and see to that the farmer gets benefitted with adequate information, linkages and support as a package. In order to ensure sustainable food security, focus must be on development of environmentally sensitive cultivars and management practices, and market driven production systems, he added.

A presentation on KANCHI (Kisan Advancement through CasHless Innovation), an innovative digital platform for Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) developed by NAF was made to him. He also advised that innovations like KANCHI needs to be scaled up while visiting the Comprehensive Soil Health Diagnostic Center and Food Safety and Quality lab of NAF at Taramani.

Mr. S. Selvaraj, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Chennai said NABARD has been working closely with agencies like NAF on watershed and FPOs for the past years and said that this not only needs to be continued but also to be expanded to newer geographies. Mr. S. S. Rajsekar, Managing Trustee, NAF recalled the evolution of Green Revolution in India spearheaded by NAF founder Shri. C. Subramaniam and added that NAF will continue to serve the farming community for addressing emerging challenges faced by the farmers. Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle

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