The innovation centre, besides aiming to make agriculture a profitable industry with highly optimised resource intake, will also aim at stubble management, water quality improvement, mapping of hazardous substances in soil and water and treatment and deployment of cyber-physical system technologies in farming fields.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 110 crore to set up a Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar. According to an official statement, the TIH will focus on the domain of agriculture and water.
The innovation centre, besides aiming to make agriculture a profitable industry with highly optimised resource intake, will also aim at stubble management, water quality improvement, mapping of hazardous substances in soil and water and treatment and deployment of cyber-Physical System (CPS) technologies in farming fields.
Sarit K Das, Director, IIT-Ropar, said, “In a world increasingly propelled by technology, Cyber-Physical System is an integrated system involving Sensors, Communication, Actuators, Control, interconnected computing networks, and data analytics, which will help in developing solutions and technical support for scientific breakthroughs and Innovations related to issues of Agriculture and Water in the country. This novel mission by the Government of India will help the Agriculture and Water sector in the country by exposing it to cutting edge research.”
Pushpendra P Singh, the hub coordinator said, “Unfortunately, along with the success of the green revolution in India, the quality of soil and water and the overall agricultural environment suffered degradation due to the excessive use of fertilizers, water, and pesticides in order to grow more per hectare. The institute will develop technologies and agricultural practices which can improve the yield and minimize the hazardous substances. To achieve the goal, the team will connect with farmers, listen to their problems, and come up with viable, technology-based economic solutions.”
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