Virtual Agri-hackathon 2020 – Key Facts

On December 31, 2020, the Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister inaugurated the virtual Agri-hackathon 2020. This is the largest virtual platform for dialogues and strengthening innovations in agriculture. The event will also see more than 50 speakers providing their views through agricultural meets.

Key Points

  • It is the first-of-its-kind virtual event that will go on for 2 months.
  • This brings together the country’s young and innovative minds, startups for searching innovative solutions to the present problems of the agriculture industry.
  • The virtual Agri- hackathon 2020 has been organized by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare and Pusa Krishi, ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research)-IARI (Indian Agricultural Research Institute).
  • Applications have been invited for innovative solutions to the problems of agriculture by startups, innovators, etc. The last date of application is January 20, 2021.
  • The event that will run for 2 months will have three elimination rounds to select the final 24 winners.
  • The evaluation of the applications will be done by experts in various fields after undertaking various parameters like potential impact, feasibility, market need, etc.
  • The winners will be provided a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each along with incubation support and the opportunity for field trials.
  • This event will be able to create a digital pool of best solutions for the present issues of the industry.

Pusa Krishi

Pusa Krishi is an initiative started by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Indian Agricultural Research Institute in the year 2014 to provide support to agriculture startups and to encourage them.

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