India slowly catches up on big data analytics in agriculture

A training programme on big data analytics in agriculture, being organized at Hyderabad this month, aims to equip farm managers and researchers with smart tools that help in analysis to take decision more effectively

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Hyderabad: Big data has been a key driver of the progress made in cutting edge technological interventions in farming like precision agriculture and automated farm machinery operations whereby farmers and agribusinesses are keen to use these big data resources at their disposal in the most efficient way and attempts to get maximum yields.

Therefore, to keep the relevant stakeholders aware about the data analytics and its uses in agriculture, the ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), Hyderabad has announced a training programme on “Big Data Analytics in Agriculture from 13 to 22, June 2016. It has been sponsored by the Big Data Initiatives Division, Department of Science and Technology (DST).

In agriculture sector where farmers and agribusinesses have to make innumerable decisions every day and intricate complexities involving various factors influencing them, agriculture has been an obvious target for big data. Environmental conditions, variability in soils, input levels and combinations and commodity prices have made it all the more relevant for farmers to use any information and get help to make critical farming decisions.

The programme will provide excellent opportunities for mutual interaction and information sharing among participants. While there is no registration fee, the total number of participants will be 30. The full details about the training workshop are here.

The major objectives of the training programme are to sensitize the use of emerging big data techniques and tools in agriculture and allied sectors agricultural research. Apart from that, it also aims to equip the researchers with big data tools that help in analysis to take decision more effectively. The workshop will also train the participants with hands-on exercises in big data analytics. It will consist of a blend of lectures, hands-on exercises on software, and group discussions.

Participants in the workshop include the scientists, faculty members and research managers from the institutes of the ICAR, State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), other academic and research institutions, who have advanced knowledge of statistics, computers, remote sensing and GIS.

Big data has evolved in a big way in the recent times and integrates the world of technology across industries. It develops capabilities to have huge repositories of data from various sources collecting it and translating that into actionable information to insightfully solve problems at scale and speed.