India’s Missing Agricultural Data

At the recent Vibrant Gujarat summit, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said, “In this new world, data is the new oil. And data is the new wealth. India’s data must be controlled and owned by Indian people and not by corporates, especially global corporations.”

The data of middle class Indians – who use smartphones, shop online and use digital money – is in high demand for Indian and global companies, writes Siraj Hussain on But agricultural data may not be similarly sought after even if it is necessary for agricultural policy, which impacts two-thirds of the Indian population.


For good data, there are three conditions: it should be available without much delay, should be consistent over time and must be comparable with other data sources.

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