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India's agritech startups help modernize underused farmland

Data and AI play key roles in improving productivity and livelihoods

Indian farmers earn only slightly more than 10,000 rupees per month, less than the national average wage of 11,200 rupees.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Agricultural technology startups in India are driving the modernization of the country's outdated, fragmented and labor-intensive industry.

These companies are helping poor Indian farmers lift low productivity rates and ramp up income by marshaling cutting-edge technology including artificial intelligence. They offer a wide range of business support for farmers, such as providing advice on farming methods and strategies by using weather data and selling their crops directly to retailers.

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