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Kerala to utilize IT in farming

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Kerala Government has appointed a nine-member high level committee to come up with strategies for implementation of IT in farm sector and promotion of biotechnology in the state.

VL Chopra, President of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, chairs the committee. The government hopes to help the crisis stricken agriculture sector by the judicious application of biotechnology and IT. The Committee will identify potential areas for IT application for crops widely cultivated in the state including paddy, coconut, plantation crops and horticultural crops apart from suggesting areas where government has to intervene for promoting research.

A policy framework has to be drawn up for encouraging private sector participation in the spread of biotechnology. The committee will draw up a blueprint based on national laws and international agreements to come into force. The long-term objective also includes setting up an authentic database of valuable plant and genetic resources. The term of the committee is three years and it is expected to prepare a preliminary report within six months. Other members of the expert committee include Y R Sarma, Director of Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode, Vijay Bhatkar, Chairman of Dishnet, S N Puri, Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Phule krishi Vishwavidyala, R A Mashelkar, Director General of CSIR, K P P Nambiar, Chairman of Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala

(IIITM-K).

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