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Maharashtra government signs AI deal with Google for agriculture, other industries

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The Maharashtra government has signed a deal with Google to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for agriculture, and other industries. The partnership aims to enhance agricultural sustainability, reduce agricultural distress, and create platforms for start-ups.

The Maharashtra government on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Google to use AI in agriculture, healthcare, and education. Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Google India country head and vice president Sanjay Gupta, and state chief secretary Nitin Kareer signed the MoU at the company’s office.

“A few weeks ago, I met Gupta ji and we talked about how AI is affecting our lives. He told me that their centers of excellence are producing platforms and applications that are revolutionizing businesses and people’s lives. I informed him of the government’s Nagpur centre of excellence initiative. We thought this could be a mutually beneficial partnership “Fadnavis stated. The deputy CM said technology should “positively affect” governance and power delivery systems to improve people’s lives. He said Google and the state government will collaborate in seven topics, including “agricultural sustainability.”

Today, we talk about sustainability everywhere, but agriculture is more important. Half of government concerns are agriculture sustainability. Unseasonal rains and droughts occur in the same year due to climate change. The demand for agricultural predictability and sustainability is localized “Fadnavis remarked.

Agricultural hardship may be lessened and sustainability and predictability brought by Google’s platforms and applications, he noted. “The collaboration will put Pune on the global startup map. Technology startups are growing as the start-up ecosystem does. Many agricultural start-ups are improving farmers’ livelihoods “Fadnavis stated. The government would work with Google to provide healthcare to “the last man of society,” he added.

“Human resources are the problem, not infrastructure. I don’t blame doctors, but qualified doctors have plenty of chances in cities and aren’t ready to go to the interior. Technology can bridge the gap. We can apply great healthcare to the last guy with AI “said.

Fadnavis claimed AI apps “will help create an ecosystem.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s technology-based delivery system has stretched government schemes to every citizen and lifted 25 crore people beyond the poverty line. Google claimed the Maharashtra government may use its AI knowledge to “unlock new possibilities in land record management, disease detection, urban environment resilience and AI upskilling, among others”.

Conclusion

The Maharashtra government and Google have inked an MoU to employ AI in agriculture, healthcare, and education. In attendance were deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Google India’s country head and vice president Sanjay Gupta, and state chief secretary Nitin Kareer. The cooperation uses technology to improve governance and power supply, improving lives. The state and Google will work in seven areas, including agricultural sustainability. Pune will get global recognition and provide quality treatment to the poor through the alliance. The partnership allows the Maharashtra government to use Google’s AI expertise for land record maintenance, disease detection, urban environment resilience, and AI upskilling by connecting trained doctors with rural doctors.

Sunil Pandey
Sunil Pandey

The business professional who loves penning down his thoughts/ insights on business, entrepreneurship, & startups. His ability to break down complex business concepts into easy & concise write-ups makes him a wonderful author. He believes that writing is a powerful tool for communication and education.

Sunil Pandey
The business professional who loves penning down his thoughts/ insights on business, entrepreneurship, & startups. His ability to break down complex business concepts into easy & concise write-ups makes him a wonderful author. He believes that writing is a powerful tool for communication and education.

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