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Information and Communication Technology in Indian Agriculture

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Author(s): KIRAN J. N | ASHWINI A | G. N. NAGARAJA | RENUKA HIREKENCHANAGOUDAR

Journal: International Journal of Biological Sciences and Engineering
ISSN 0976-1519

Volume: 01;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 27;
Date: 2010;
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ABSTRACT
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the set of activities that facilitates by electronic means, the capturing, storage, processing, transmission and display of information. The potential of information and communication technology is not fully tapped in the Indian agriculture sector. The farmer requires timely inputs on weather forecasts, sowing time, availability of credit, expert advice on maintaining his crop in healthy condition, information on markets and on all other areas of interest to him and his family. ICT opens up possibilities ranging from precision farming at farm level to support for efficient decision making to the policy makers. This paper makes an attempt to provide an overview of the prospects from ICT in Indian agriculture such as E-choupal, Kissan Call Centres (KCCs), Village Knowledge Centres (VKCs), AGMARKNET, ICT in Retailing, ICT in Supply Chain Management etc. ICT improves communication efficiency, productivity, encourages competitiveness and accelerates growth in various sectors
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