Centre launches e-hub for farming sector

The agriculture ministry on Wednesday launched an ICAR data centre connecting 274 specialised institutions and universities -which will act as an information hub for the farm sector.

Centre launches e-hub for farming sector

The agriculture ministry on Wednesday launched an ICAR data centre connecting 274 specialised institutions and universities -which will act as an information hub for the farm sector.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) data hub will link rural population with high-speed internet network.

The centre will cater to research institutions by providing consultancy , project management, training and other value-added services."This data centre of ICAR will play an important role in promoting the `Digital India Campaign' in the agriculture sector. The campaign aims at providing electronic services while reducing the requirements of paper," agriculture minister Radha

Mohan Singh told media agencies.

Singh added that the new ICAR data centre will provide transparent and accurate data. Singh’s remarks came in the backdrop of doubt over the government's production data in certain quarters.

Traders of farm produce have recently questioned the wheat production estimate of 93.55 million tonnes for 2015-16 crop year, saying the actual output was around 86 million tonnes.