TAD NewsDesk, New Delhi: Department of Agriculture and Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare has initiated the Virtual Agri-hackathon and this was inaugurated by Narendra Singh Tomar recently. The programme has been launched in association with IARI, Pusa, New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Tomar has applauded the efforts of the farmers along with the scientists whose efforts have brought self-sufficiency in foodgrains.
Agri India Hackathon is one of a kind event which would run a tenure of 2 months. This will be one of the largest virtual gatherings the agriculture sector has seen. Moreover, it has invited people to create dialogue and invited response and new innovations in the sector.
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 happen in 3 elimination rounds and the final 24 winners will get a cash prize of INR 1,00,000 along with incubation support, tech & business mentoring and various other benefits. The hackathon will accept innovations & ideas on farm mechanization, precision agriculture, supply chain & food technology, waste to wealth, green energy, etc.
Mr Tomar said,
“In the light of Prime Minister’s vision to introduce new-age technology and innovations in agriculture, the Agri India Hackathon is being organised. It is a proud moment for all of us where young minds will discuss, collaborate, and create some of the best ideas & solutions which will guide us for years to come. Agriculture is the backbone of our country and plans are afoot to strengthen this backbone with youth engagement, employment generation, technology & digitization.”
Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupalaemphasized the plan of the Ministry to encourage the youth to increase its association with the agriculture sector.
Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Kailash Choudhary said
“This event is very crucial from the standpoint of new technology and value addition 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.”
Moreover, after the launch, Agri India Hackathon will also host speaker sessions called Agri India Meets spread across 2 months with more than 40 speakers who will discuss the present & future of agriculture.
Winners will be awarded the following:
- 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 INR 5 Lakhs & INR 25 Lakhs respectively at any one of the 29 RABIs, along with the opportunity of field trial and access to technology validation.
Agri-hackathon is one of a kind of a virtual platform which has opened a wide ocean of possibilities to win and associate with the agriculture sector for the youth.
The applications of Agri-hackathon will close on January 20. To apply click on the following link:
Source: Agriculture Times