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Source: The post is based on the article “Union Agriculture Minister also inaugurates the Krishi MApper, an integrated app for Geospatial Data in Agriculture” published in PIB on 6th May 2023
What is the News?
At the National Conference on Agriculture for Kharif Campaign 2023-24, the Union Agriculture Minister of India launched Krishi MApper.
What is Krishi MApper?
Krishi MApper is an integrated app for Geospatial Data in Agriculture.
The app covers monitoring of all land-interventions-based schemes/programs such as Digital Crop Survey, Natural Farming, Seed Production and Distribution, NFSM Horticulture, Agroforestry & other related schemes.
Significance: The app will help minimize the duplication of efforts and provide ready-to-analysis data products to innovators in India.
– Also, it will facilitate Ease of access to credit, near Real-time stress watches for the sector at various levels of granularity with the ability to drill down to individual land parcels under stress and Near Real-time assessment and processing of claims.
About Agriculture Sector in India
Agriculture remains the prime pulse of the Indian economy and is at the core of the socio-economic development of the country.
It accounts for around 19 per cent of the GDP and about two-thirds of the population is dependent on the sector.
What are the steps taken by government?
For the modernization of agriculture, the government has launched the SATHI (Seed Traceability, Authentication and Holistic Inventory) Portal and Mobile App. It is a Centralized Online System for seed traceability, authentication and inventory designed to deal with the challenges of seed production, quality seed identification and seed certification.
The government also announced plans to convert more than 3.25 lakh fertilizer shops across the country as Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samruddhi Kendras. These will be centres where farmers can buy not only fertilizers and seeds but also implement soil testing and avail useful information about farming techniques.