If food security needs to be ensured in India, there must be a technological revolution in agriculture, director of Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) A Arunachalam said on Tuesday and reported on TimesofIndia.com. He was speaking at an event to release ‘Mann Uyir’, an application which seeks to help farmers in various areas of farming, in the city.
“After the efforts of mechanizing agriculture in the 60s and green revolution of 70s, taking information and communication technology to farmers is the need of the hour,” said Arunachalam. “Rather than focusing on smart cities, we should focus on making villages and farmers smart,” he said.
He also emphasized on opening up entrepreneurial avenues for farmers. “We must make ‘agriprenuers’ out of farmers,” he said. Farmers have the disadvantage that their produce is perishable. So they are not in a position to fix a price for it, he said. If farmers get digital literacy and tap into the right business models, this can be changed, he said.