The government has set up a department to develop new technologies that can boost productivity in agri-techs, such as quantum technology and agricultural technology, said India’s Chief Information Officer K J Venkatachalam on Wednesday.
The new department, headed by senior government officials, will oversee the development of technologies and processes that can be applied to agri technology, agriculture, and other fields, Venkatichalam said during a panel discussion at the ITU conference in Bangalore.
“We have been trying to develop quantum technology.
So, we are going to work on it with the government,” he said, adding that he had visited some of the companies involved in quantum technology in the past.
Quantum technology involves the manipulation of quantum bits.
Indian scientists are working on a quantum computing system that can solve complex problems, including quantum computing problems for image recognition and image processing.
According to Venkatchalam, quantum technology can be used in all sorts of fields, including agricultural, pharmaceutical, financial, transportation, and even medical diagnostics.
He said that India’s government has been trying with quantum technology for a long time and is working on developing it into a more efficient and productive process.
Venkatachalkar said India is still a long way from developing a quantum processor that can beat the current crop yield, which is around 8% in the country, but it is making significant progress in the field.
(The Associated Press had earlier reported that India had set up the new department.)
The government is working with private sector partners to set up new agri companies and the government will also be making quantum technology available to farmers, Venampul said.
India’s agri techs have also been a major source of employment for people in the region, he said.
“A lot of young people are employed in these agritechs,” Venkatanchal said.
“So, it is a good sign.”
(This article has been updated to include Venkatakal’s remarks about the government setting up a quantum tech department.)