Agri India Hackathon 2021

Agri India Hackathon 2021 | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

Virtual Agri-hackathon Atmanirbhar Krishi inaugurated

      WHY IN NEWS:

To make Agriculture profitable and attract youth towards agriculture are challenges of the Agri-hackathon: Shri Narendra Singh Tomar

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Agriculture

      ISSUE: 

Agri-Startups can help improve the lot of farmers.This event is very crucial from the standpoint of new technology and value addition in agriculture.

AGRI INDIA HACKATHON: BUILDING SMART INDIA WITH SELF-RELIANT AGRICULTURE

Agri India Hackathon 2021

ORGANISERS

  • Virtual Agri-hackathon 2020 is organised by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare in association with IARI, Pusa, New Delhi.
  • Agri India Hackathon is the largest virtual gathering to create dialogues and accelerate innovations.

OBJECTIVE

  • INNOVATIVE APPROACH : From the biggest names to the most exciting startups,from learning, innovating to pitching, Agri India Hackathon will unfold incredible things in a never-before virtual experience.
  • CREATE : Agri India Hackathon will be a digital pool of the most exciting, innovative, and futuristic ideas to address the pressing issues with new-age technology.
  • CONNECT : Not just startups, students & youth, but even the giants from the industry, the world’s leading companies, financial institutions & policy-makers — everyone will be here!
  • COLLABORATE : And the best part — each one is building solutions, asking big questions, and learning.

TIMELINE

  • The 2-month long event is the first of its kind & the largest virtual event in the history of Indian agriculture.

Agri India Hackathon 2021

SIGNIFICANCE

  • It will bring together the most important stakeholders from industry & government alongside India’s young bright minds.
  • Also it will collaborate creative startups and smart innovators who will build new, fast and frugal solutions to tackle the big questions we’re facing today.
  • With the launch, the application of the hackathon was made live on MyGov.in and will remain open till 20 January, 2021.

The hackathon will accept innovations & ideas on farm mechanization, precision agriculture, supply chain & food technology, waste to wealth, green energy, etc

  • Agri India Hackathon is the largest virtual gathering to create dialogues, and accelerate innovations in agriculture.
  • It will help us achieve our dream of doubling the farmer’s income which in turn will create many growth opportunities for the entire country.

PROBLEM STATEMENTS

  • Agri India Hackathon seeks to create an impact in 5 interconnected areas to provide a roadmap for the future.

The goal is to collectively impact with new-age, fast & frugal innovations to navigate these focus areas

MECHANIZATION OF FARMING & ALLIED ACTIVITIES

  1.  Mechanized puddling, seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting of field and plantation crops
  2.  Mechanization of hilly agriculture, horticulture, protected cultivation, apiary, livestock, poultry, and fishery
  3. Gender friendly small farm mechanization including powered multifunctional equipment
  4.  Add on, cost-effective technologies for enhancing the efficiency of existing agro-machineries.

Agri Hackathon

PRECISION AGRICULTURE INCLUDING APPLICATIONS OF SENSORS, WSN, ICT, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, IOT & DRONE

  1.  Monitoring & management of water quality, soil fertility, and health, crop growth and health (pest and diseases, macro & micro-nutrients, water)
  2. Variable Rate Technology (VRT) & Robotics
  3. Precision livestock farming and aquaculture
  4. Data analytics and digital extension including market intelligence

SUPPLY CHAIN & AGRICULTURE LOGISTICS

  1. Blockchain technology for traceability of agri-produce from Farm to Fork
  2.  Cost-effective sensor-based real-time monitoring & management of storage and transport system
  3.  IT-based agriculture logistics including custom hiring services

POST-HARVEST, FOOD TECHNOLOGY & VALUE ADDITION

  1.  Development of devices for assessing quality, grading & sorting, processing of agri-produce
  2.  Development of biodegradable and smart packaging materials
  3.  Environment-friendly cost-effective mobile technologies at the farm gate for processing and value addition
  4.  Manufacturing of functional, ethnic, alternate plant-based food and consumer products

WASTE TO WEALTH & GREEN ENERGY IN AGRICULTURE

  1. Solar-powered technologies for farm operations and post-harvest drying and storage
  2.  Ex-situ and in-situ management of agri-residues
  3.  Innovative products from agro-residues

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Indian nationals only.
  2. Students studying at any Indian university/ institute.
  3. Start-ups, farmers, and professionals/ employed individuals.
  4. Solo founders, entrepreneurs, and other individuals.

PRIZE

  • The hackathon will happen in 3 elimination rounds.
  • 24 best innovations from different focus areas will be awarded a cash prize of INR 1,00,000 each.

The winning innovations will get an exclusive preference for incubation support, pre-seed & seed-stage funding of 5 Lakhs & 25 Lakhs respectively at any one of the 29 RABIs

  • Along with this winners will have an opportunity of field trial and access to technology validation.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Agriculture is the backbone of our country and plans are afoot to strengthen this backbone with youth engagement, employment generation, technology & digitization.

With India’s expanding population, global climate change, and the current uncertain situation — the future of agriculture holds the opportunities & power to reshape our lives

  • The most important stakeholders, India’s young bright minds, creative startups, and smart innovators will build new, fast, and frugal solutions.
  • Agri India Hackathon to be held online invites collaboration & participation from across the country and intersectional industries.
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     SOURCES:   PIB   | Agri India Hackathon 2021 | UPSC 

 

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