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Research councils help fund Indian farm data platform

Two UK research funders are contributing a total of £3.5 million to develop an open-source platform allowing small-scale farmers in India to access information that will help them, and ultimately farmers in other nations, to improve productivity.

The funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Science and Technology Facilities Council is matched by a similar sum from the Indian Department of Biotechnology. Together they will support the development of a national data-sharing network over the coming months.

FarmerZone will enable farmers, scientists, government officials, agriculture experts, economists and people working in global industry, big data and e-commerce to collaborate on issues such as climate change, weather predictions and seed requirements.

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