Cisco to set up Village Knowledge Centres in Kerala

Cisco would build an Agri-Digital Infrastructure (ADI) Platform and set up Village Knowledge Centers (VKCs) in Kerala's Kannur district for knowledge delivery and provide access to e-learning and advisory services to the farming and fishing communities.

The first phase of this initiative would be rolled out in 15 panchayats across Kannur district, a press release said.

An MOU in this regard was signed by Cisco, as part of its Country Digitization Acceleration (CDA) programme and the Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM) to bring the benefits of digital technology and data science to the farming communities in Kerala, a press release said.

The comprehensive ADI Platform would provide access to a data store with complete farming data of paddy and prawns farms in the region along with land and farmer profile databases.

This data store would run Cisco's robust analytics and compute engines to extract insights on crop yields, weather patterns, plant disease patterns, soil quality, moisture content, forecasting and other data, and make it available to farmers and government officials through the VKC's.

This Cisco ADI Platform would be supplemented by a custom-built Smart Agricultural Platform that uses IoT sensors, Non-IoT databases, Satellite/UAV Images to gather and relay real-time intelligence on soil content, moisture, weather conditions and other paramaters.

This platform would become a centralised knowledge hub which would provide data-based recommendations and insights to improve agriculture planning, reduce the risk of crop mortality and overall operational costs.

(with news agency inputs)