Digital Agriculture: National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGPA)
The National e-governance plan in agriculture (NeGPA) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme. The scheme was initially launched in the year 2010-11 in 7 States. Recently, this scheme was extended up to March 31, 2021.
- The scheme was launched with the aim of achieving the rapid development in India by using Information & Communication Technology (ICT).
- It helps in timely access of the agriculture related information to the farmers.
- In the year 2014-15, scheme was extended to cover all the remaining States and 2 UTs.
Phase-II of the scheme
Under this phase, the funds were released to the States in order to carry out the activities such as,
- Site preparation of offices to install the hardware
- To establishment of computer training labs
- Procurement, installation and accounting of the system software.
- To back-up power arrangements.
- To set-up the State Project Management Unit (SPMUs) and
- To hire manpower on contractual basis
- Data Digitization Customization of applications as per the requirement in the State and UTs.
Recent Developments under the scheme
- The NeGPA guidelines were amended in 2020-2021 in order to infuse the modern information technologies in the farm sector. For that matter, funds were also released to sanction the projects in order to customize and shift the web & mobile applications to the platform that were to be developed using digital or the emerging technologies.
- Further, the initiatives such as Unified Farmers Service Platform (UFSP) was launched in order to bring a paradigm change in accessing the data related to farmers.
Unified Farmer Service Platform (UFSP)
UFSP is a combination of Core Infrastructure, Applications & tools and Data. The platform helps in seamless interoperability of various public and private IT systems in the agriculture domain. It acts as a central agency in the agri ecosystem such as UPI in the e Payments does. It also enables the Registration of Service Providers.