When we look back at the 19th and 20th century, agriculture saw the paradigm shifts
through mechanical, chemical and biological revolutions. In the 21st century, we
have realized the potential of information, access. This has paved a path for data
revolution which is all set to disrupt agriculture and optimize it.
Through the data revolution, agriculture has seen a plethora of innovations that
were introduced by processing messy data into actionable information. Further,
agro-informatics has played a pivotal role in bringing about that change through the
Understanding Agro Informatics
Mainly, agro informatics is the science of agricultural information, agricultural
information processing and information systems. Agro informatics is all about applying
breakthrough ideas, scientific techniques and knowledge of computer science in
agriculture. It mainly connects information technology with the management, analysis and
application of agricultural data.
Through agro informatics, various domains like artificial intelligence, neural networks,
decision support system, geographic information system, genetic algorithm, programming
languages are intertwined to develop robust software that makes agriculture more
equipped, accessible and predictable for the digital age in which we are living.
The Importance of Agro Informatics
In this day and age, agro informatics is essential for various reasons, a few of which
include food security, agriculture sustainability, bio-energy, environmental research,
natural resource conservation, carbon accounting, global climate change, commodity
trading, economy research, education, health research, policy formation, decision making
Also referred to as e-agriculture, agro informatics provides better technology
dissemination, information delivery and agricultural services to make agriculture more
Across the last decade, various development and research endeavours have been initiated
to put the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into its full use
to improve production, the efficiency of agriculture and improve sustainable
Agro informatics has linked agriculture systems, sustainable development and has allowed
the adoption of disruptive technologies to foray into agriculture.
Extrapolating Agro Informatics
On a global stage, agro informatics as a discipline has also focussed on educating and
activating intelligent human resources to lead its way. With their aid, processes like
development, conceptualization, deployment, management of farmer-centric intelligent
supply chains, environment-oriented interventions have seen the light of the day. By far
and large, the aforementioned processes contributed to creating and managing sustainable
Even in India, agro informatics is increasingly being adopted. Further, it has
seamlessly improved various agro-industrial areas like food management, supply chain
management, integrated trade, security using technologies.
Agriculture is one of the main concerns of India and it is also vital for its
development. Agro informatics would not only create more employment on the field, at the
back end but also help farmers. Because there are still millions of farmers with meagre
holdings that are still not aware of modern methods of cultivation and data can help
them. In this way, agro informatics can also help them in simplifying and mitigating
challenges like that of drought, disease, heat, cold, insect, pest infestations through
data extrapolation and predictions.
Furthermore, as per
, agro informatics also improves agricultural input and output
systems, value chain of agriculture, supply chain models, agrosystems, technology and
food security and thereby drives innovations in agriculture space, social development
and economical aspects.
The Road Ahead for Agro Informatics
Smart agriculture built on the strong foundation of agro informatics is effective in
developing sustainable agricultural systems. From gauging humidity, soil, temperature
till umpteen variables, the analysis derived from agro informatics is never unreliable.
In a developing country like ours, agro informatics is vital to make agriculture
future-ready. Understanding the need for the same, at Kisangates
, we have innovated an
intuitive platform like Pando that has bridged various on-field, information gaps for
agro companies as well as intelligent on-field operators.
Know all about how we are trying to change the agro-industry with agro informatics,
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