Topic: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
5) Discuss the role of IT in Agriculture and also explain what are the major challenges in the spread of e-technology to farmers. (250 words)
Why this question:
The question is from the static portions of GS paper III.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss the role played by IT in augmenting the agriculture system and as well explain the challenges faced in the spread of e-technology to farmers.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Begin with brief introduction by explaining the need for e-technology to farmers.
Discussion should include the following:
Role of IT in agriculture; as a tool for direct Agri productivity and as an indirect tool for empowering farmers.
Major challenges in the spread of e-technology to farmers – lack of literacy to understand the technology, gaps in infrastructure, reach, mobility and connectivity etc.
Explain in detail the associated hurdles.
Conclude with way forward.