Today is Asar 15, the National Paddy Day. It is also celebrated as National Paddy Sowing Day. In the agricultural country of Nepal, it has been a tradition for everyone to join the paddy planting in the name of crushing mud on the 15th of Asar. Asar 15 is also celebrated as the culmination of the season for eating muri. Before entering the field as a celebration of Asar 15, planting begins with the process of entering the field with dance songs and bajans to celebrate the festival in Nepali traditional dress. Since the Government of Nepal declared Asar 15 as the National Paddy Day on December 1, 2004, this day has gained traction. Farmers celebrate this day as a regular work, non-farmer’s day as a formality and tourist entertainment. Since the beginning of the federal structure, different states have been celebrating their days on the basis of their own characteristics. The contribution of paddy to the GDP is only seven percent, although Nepal imports rice worth Rs. 25 billion. This article aims to discuss the significance and contribution of Paddy Day in today’s digital economy.
The landscape of today’s world is changing. The digital economy is also one of the various tools to change the world. The miraculous development of science and technology has led to incredible new discoveries. New discoveries have changed people’s routines. The pace of change is accelerating. So we are celebrating Paddy Day, and it is equally important to discuss what the impact of the digital economy has been or will be on paddy production.
In fact, the digital economy is an economic activity that takes place online through the use and processing of billions, trillions of people’s business and their data daily. The digital economy is also one of the highest forms of finance, in which people, industries and machines are linked together through the Internet or technology and produce quality products. Through the aggressive use of available facts through technology, business models have changed, new services and facilities have become available, which is introducing a new culture in management. Apart from that, new challenges have been added. This digital economy has become a tool that uses only technology and radically changes the business through the use of technology. He does not enter the business on his own. Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, for example, does not own any vehicles. Considered the king of social media, Facebook does not produce any content, the largest retailer Alibaba has no products of its own. Air BNB, the world’s leading housing provider, does not own any housing. That is, the world’s leading business companies use only technology and have succeeded in radically changing the shape of the national and global economy by radically changing the trade in all materials available through digital technology.
Due to the digital economy, the activities of the coming days have become unpredictable. The future of any business and economy cannot be predicted without assessing the development trends in the digital world. The future of today’s work will not be the same as in the past. Offices will be operated from online platforms with the help of technology, not from office premises. The online medium has become effective, not physical, in dealing with epidemic outbreaks. In this changed environment, the digital economy is also moving to determine the routine of the future, to adopt the pattern of the future business and to change the lifestyle of the future.
Digital Economy in Agriculture:
Digital Agriculture is the digital technology used to coordinate agricultural production from farm to consumer can be understood as the impact of digital economy on agriculture. It is easy to assume that these technologies can increase the productivity of the agro-industry through technology, equipment and information. In view of this fact, it is not necessary to cover the mud on the occasion of Paddy Day and to have a well-to-do lab with the farmers, but to increase the quality of digitized paddy production and its productivity.
Through the use of digital technology in agriculture, a small country like Denmark has agreed to supply beef to a large population like China. Similarly, a small country like Norway is keen to supply its popular product Salmond Fish all over the world. Farmers in Victoria, a small town in Australia, contribute one-third of Australia’s food and fiber exports. Demand for Victoria’s food is set to rise as population estimates that the world’s population will grow from seven billion to about 10 billion in the next few years. Sobmojim food production is also mandatory. Research shows that half the world’s population eats rice as food. If this number is now 3.5 billion, it can be estimated that the demand for paddy will increase automatically in the coming year of population growth.
Use of technology in paddy:
Water is needed to plant paddy. There may be various dimensions to the use of technology for planting depending on the rainfall like in Nepal. Rising temperatures due to climate change, resulting in rainsProblems such as changes in prices, increase in extreme and frequent extreme weather accidents and cuts in water availability have hit farmers, while paddy farming is in crisis. In order to face such a crisis, it should not be too late to talk about providing information to the farmers through the use of technology for paddy cultivation and motivating them to use appropriate technology and tools. It is the responsibility of every responsible government to keep the farmers informed with digital technology and to provide them with the capacity to face the challenges and take the opportunity of development. The problem is not only with the farmers. Consumers are becoming aware of the products they buy and sell through information and technology. They demand high quality and sustainably produced food and fiber and want to know more about where their products come from. It is too late for states to prove that digital technology is capable of consuming improved agricultural products, providing consumer satisfaction and providing fair prices for farmers.
It has also become necessary for us to conduct research in agricultural technology, to make public the results of research and to prove that the states are determined to make it accessible to the people. The government should not fail to introduce digital technology to farmers and ensure that it has the capacity to meet the challenges in the agricultural sector.
It is important to start a digital agricultural investment plan with the digital economy. For this, there would be no point in celebrating Paddy Day without initiating technological agricultural production including modernization in agriculture based on digital technology monitoring, weather monitoring, soil testing and corresponding project development. Recognizing the trend of production and market management as well as consumer consumption, the focus of farmers and responsible bodies of the state towards commercialization of sobmojim products will prove to be the justification of Asar 15 and National Paddy Day.
(The author is a senior lawyer.)