Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani had a meeting with the CEO of Netafim Mr. Ran Maidan on the first day of his Israel visit and opened the doors of Digital Farming in Gujarat. Netafim is an Israeli irrigation solutions providing firm. The Chief Minister of Gujarat is on a 6-day long visit to Israel with a high level delegation comprising of senior Gujarat Government to discuss areas of mutual cooperation between Gujarat and Israel.
Accordingly, Israel will gift 100 units of Digital Farming to undertake the Digital farming project on experimental basis in Gujarat. Mr. Rupani expressed his confidence that this digital farming gift of Israel will be a game changer in the agriculture sector of Gujarat and it will be an important step to take Gujarat towards Digital Farming in future.
This System will be like a blessing to save water and fertilizer as well as to make drip irrigation technology automatic. This project will increase the productivity of the farmers which will lead to the growth in their incomes.
Mr. Rupani and Mr. Maidan discussed how the technologies can be helpful to farmers in producing better and higher quality of crops, saving water, minimizing the input cost and maximizing output cost and also to improve the sustainability of farming.
Post his meeting with Mr. Maidan, the CM said that, “Digital Farming is the next revolution in Agriculture sector and digital solutions coupled with best agricultural practices will support and enhance the productivity of crops and thus resulting in doubling of the farmer’s income by 2022.”
The possibilities of collaborations were also discussed so that the farmers of Gujarat can be benefitted with the digital solutions like real time monitoring, smart analysis, cloud technology and other features of digital solutions.
Netafim is a global leader in providing with irrigational solutions for sustainable agriculture. This 53 year old manufacturer of irrigation equipment produces drippers, dripper lines, sprinklers and micro-emitters along with various crops management technologies like crop management soft-wares, dosing systems and control & monitoring systems.
During the discussion it was highlighted that subsurface irrigation for Sugarcane crop allows precise application of water, nutrients and other agro- chemicals directly to the root zone of plants and has the potential of enhancing the production from 60 tons 160 tons in a sugarcane crop.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat