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NIC and spice board partnered for AI-aided study on cardamom diseases in Sikkim

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The National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the Spices Board have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a project that will use artificial intelligence tools to detect and classify large cardamom diseases.

According to a press release, NIC’s Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence (CoE-AI) in Kolkata has developed a proof of concept for disease detection in cardamom leaves using AI-based models. The initiative aims to improve agricultural efficiency and productivity by integrating AI solutions with e-governance applications.

According to the MoU, the Spices Board will provide NIC with images of healthy and diseased large cardamom leaves, respectively. The images will be processed at the NIC AI lab in Kolkata to train AI tools to correctly identify diseased cardamom leaves.

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The MoU was signed by Sanhita Bhattacharjee, Scientist and Additional State Informatics Officer for West Bengal, and AB Rema Shree, Director (Research & Finance), Spices Board.

LP Sharma, State Informatics Officer (Sikkim), and his team from NIC Sikkim attended the signing ceremony, as did other officials from the Spices Board, Indian Cardamom Research Institute (ICRI), and NIC who took part virtually. Shermishta Sengupta, NIC’s Deputy Director General, led the collaboration.

NIC Sikkim, the Spices Board, and NIC Kolkata have been working for the past three months to finalize an agreement to use AI technology to improve large-scale cardamom farming in Sikkim.

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