AI In Agriculture.


The vast majority of Indian Agriculture still follows the traditional methods of bullocks pulling ploughs and manual weeding and harvesting of crops. This is due to the landholding sizes being too small for mechanised farming though farmers with larger holdings do use power tillers, tractors and even harvester combines.


I see little scope for AI in our farming when there is still considerable scope for mechanising on the one hand and increasing return to organic farming on the other hand. The other AI, Artificial Insemination however is very popular and effective in our dairy sector which is still very much part of our Agriculture sector as even large dairies buying milk from small farmers who keep milch cattle as a side business to their main agricultural activities.

This is my take on this week’s Friday 6 On 1 blog post topic. The other five bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Sanjana, PadmumRaju, Shackman and Conrad.  This week’s topic was suggested by Sanjana. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.

6 thoughts on “AI In Agriculture.”

  1. Yes. On the other hand, we also have poverty due to unemployment / underemployment and poor marketing networks in our rural parts that results in hunger deaths. It is a paradox but, our agriculture has delivered but, other factors have not.

    1. Thank you. As you probably know, I am deeply connected to the farm sector and have many friends and some relatives still farming. One of our great cooperative success stories is AMUL which is essentially a dairy cooperative that has transformed our dairy consumption in India. I have classmates working in that sector who are deeply involved in animal husbandry and am familiar with the second AI. I wish that I knew more about the title! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amul

  • There’s constant talk about artificial intelligence and robots and how they’ll take over everyone’s jobs but I see little sign of it as yet. I can’t see robots running coffee shops or restaurants or hairdressers or all those jobs where a human touch is needed. Mind you, if robots could run the economy so successfully they made huge profits and paid huge amounts of tax and the state pension could be doubled, I’m all in favour of that.

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