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Maharashtra signs MoUs with Canadian firms to use artificial intelligence in agriculture

State looks to use artificial intelligence in agriculture technology, soil management and pest control; CM says it will create more jobs

mumbai Updated: Jun 13, 2018 13:33 IST
Swapnil Rawal
Swapnil Rawal
Hindustan Times
Maharashtra,Artificial Intelligence,Canada
CM Devendra Fadnavis during an interview with Perrin Beatty, president and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce at the Conference of Montreal in Canada.(CMO)

With Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis-led delegation in Canada, the government inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with their firms to give a boost to the development of artificial intelligence (AI) in the state.

On Tuesday, Fadnavis and Quebec deputy prime minister Dominic Anglade held talks at Montreal in Canada about use of artificial intelligence in various sectors. “Artificial intelligence will not lead to loss of jobs, but will create more job opportunities,” said Fadnavis, speaking at a seminar organised by the International Economic Forum of the Americas on administration and artificial intelligence. “The gap between the rich and poor will be bridged with resolution of many problems.”

In Quebec City, the state information and technology (IT) department inked collaboration agreements with companies, namely the Institute of Data Velorization (IVADO), NEXT AI and FRQNT.

According to the chief minister’s office (CMO), as part of the MoU between FRQNT of Quebec government and the state government, an international study group will be set up to increase the use of AI in agriculture technology, soil management and pest control.

The state also signed an MoU with a leading artificial intelligence company, Next AI. “With help from the firm, the government will assist 50 start-ups in the state,” a statement from the CMO said.

The IT department held a discussion with IVADO about setting up artificial clusters in the state. “IITs and varsities in Maharashtra will work with IVADO to set up artificial intelligence clusters in the state,” the statement said.

First Published: Jun 13, 2018 13:30 IST