Agriculture Current Affairs – February 2023
Agriculture Current Affairs
World Wetlands Day 2023 – February 2
World Wetlands Day 2023

The United Nations observes “World Wetlands Day” globally on February 2nd every year to raise awareness about the significance of wetlands, a crucial ecosystem, and their impact on people’s lives.

The day also marks the date of the adoption of the “Convention on Wetlands of International Importance” (Ramsar Convention), an intergovernmental treaty adopted on 2nd February 1971, in the city of Ramsar, on the shores of the Caspian Sea, in Iran.

The theme of World Wetlands Day 2023 is “Wetland Restoration”.

2023 Campaign visual: The Ripple Effect.

  • The 2023 campaign visual shows a person restoring a wetland through re-planting. The visual features the outward “Ripple Effect” with the headline “Its Time for Wetland Restoration”.
World Pulses Day 2023

The annual observance of World Pulses Day takes place on February 10th. The purpose of the celebration is to increase awareness of the advantages of pulses both in terms of their nutritional value and their role in promoting sustainable food production.

World Pulses Day 2023 Theme: “Pulses for a sustainable future”.

MoA&FW and Digital Green Sign MoU to Develop National Digital Extension Platform

(I) MoA&FW partners with Digital Green through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework to develop a national digital extension platform.

(II) The platform aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the extension system by connecting farmers to the government’s digital agriculture ecosystem.

(III) MoA&FW will also establish a new certification system for organic cotton and derivatives to promote Indian export and set up a committee to address organic certification issues.

J&K Govt Approves Rs 30.40 cr ‘Sensor-based Smart Agriculture’ Project
The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government has approved a project titled ‘Sensor-based Smart Agriculture,’ with a budget of Rs 30.40 crore. The project’s goal is to combine agriculture and technology by utilizing Artificial Insemination (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to automate farming practices and increase farmer efficiency and profitability.
Important Points:
  • The project will carry out a pilot study on high-density apple orchards, protected cultivation, and smart livestock farming, utilizing high-tech poly houses, IoT, and automation to monitor plant microclimatic parameters.
  • Adoption of digital agriculture, specifically AI and IoT, will increase efficiency, production, productivity, and profitability while identifying pests and diseases using AI-based detection, and utilizing robotics and drones for real-time detection and variable rate spray will reduce production costs.
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal launched India’s 1st Agri Chatbot – Ama KrushAI
Ganeshi Lal, the Governor of Odisha, launched “Ama KrushAI” during the valedictory session of “Krushi Odisha 2023,” India’s first ChatBot utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and aimed at assisting farmers with access to agronomic practices, government schemes, and loan products from over 40 commercial and cooperative banks in the agriculture sector.
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