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Satellite, AI Initiative in the Cotton Fields UPSC NOTE


What is the new Satellite, AI initiative in the cotton fields?

  • A new initiative by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

  • It plans to combine data from satellite images and artificial intelligence (AI) to keep track of cotton certification in India.

  • The project is a collaboration between ESA, GOTS and AI company Marple.

  • It will automatically classify cotton fields in India in line with cultivation standards.

  • Under ESA’s Business Applications and Space Solutions programme, the initiative will train AI models to ‘read’ ESA satellite data to identify and classify cotton fields in India.

  • The project will help GOTS to generate accurate estimates of organic cotton yields in specific regions by incorporating standardised yield metrics.

  • The initiative will identify cotton fields that meet predetermined standards as well as support those that demonstrate potential for a seamless transition to organic cultivation through the use of traditional and ecologically friendly farming practices.

  • The primary objective of the collaboration is to bolster the integrity of organic cotton by developing advanced risk assessment techniques and to prevent fraud throughout the supply chain.

  • It could also help address the escalating consumer demand for organic cotton within the textile industry.

  • The programme has already had a successful pilot run in Uzbekistan.

  • The data from the pilot project showed a 98% accuracy in differentiating between organic cotton fields and conventional ones.

Benefits for the Indian farmers

  • The project will be implemented across various cotton-growing regions in India where organic cotton production plays a significant role.

  • The approach is expected to bring a greater number of small-scale farmers into the certified organic sector and supply chains, creating new economic opportunities for them and their communities.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

  • GOTS is an alliance of four organisations -- Organic Trade Association (US), the Internationaler Verband der Naturtextilwirtschaft (Germany), The Soil Association (U.K.) and the Japan Organic Cotton Association (Japan) -- that brings together the textile and organic industries to promote organic textiles.



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Satellite, AI Initiative in the Cotton Fields UPSC NOTE
Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam
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