Inside India’s plans to bring its agri economy into a tech stack
- AgriStack aims to bring millions of small farmers on a single platform. Is it backed by a workable plan?
- Farm activists and digital rights groups have raised red flags. The critics argue that a blind reliance on technology may lead to exclusion errors in welfare programmes.
NEW DELHI : Imagine a small farmer tilling her field in a corner of India. She listens to her neighbours’ advice on what crop to grow and when to plant. When a pest ravages her farm, she runs to the local pesticide dealer. Fearful of banks, she borrows from usurious moneylenders. And when it is time to sell her produce, she is a disciplined price-taker, accepting whatever the local trader is willing to pay.