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By Anjali Ojha

India is an “important” country in the Indian Ocean region and will have to take responsibility for security in the area, said Japan Maritime Self Defence Force chief Admiral Tomohisa Takei who is here to take part in the International Fleet Review.

The Admiral also said that the IFR is an important event to enhance cooperation among the navies and will provide a platform for further dialogue.

“We want better cooperation in the India Ocean; India is a very important country in the region. We would like to enhance relations with India,” Admiral Takei told the agency.

“India, with its location, will have to take responsibility for peace and security in the Indian Ocean region, from East Africa to the South China Sea,” he said.

The Japanese Navy Chief highlighted the fact that the Indian Ocean region accounted for 50 percent of the world’s population and has huge volumes of trade passing through the waters.

“India is in the centre of the region”.

India and Japan are often called by experts as “natural allies” in the region. Defence relations between the two countries have been enhanced of late, with the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe giving it a further push.

Japan, with India and the US, is also a part of naval exercise Malabar, which has caused discomfort to China.

The exercise, which started as a bilateral one between India and the US now has Japan as a permanent partner. In 2007, when Japan and Australia were included in the exercise, China had issued a demarche to the countries.

Recently, on a tour to India, US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said that China’s objection was “fine” as it was not a part of the exercise. He also said that the exercise should be “inclusive” without declaring whether the US wanted China’s participation.

Asked if involving China in the exercise can be considered, Admiral Takei said: “There is no difference in China or any other country.”

The Admiral described the IFR, which saw the participation of 50 navies, as “a platform which can enhance interoperability”.

“Exercise at peace time makes the foundation for the emergency.”

Takei also fondly remembered his participation as a “young captain” in the previous edition of the IFR in 2001.

“The world is taking India more seriously now, India has grown as a nation,” he said.

Japan as sent its anti-submarine destroyer JS Matsuyuki to participate in the IFR.

In October last year, Indian Navy had also sent its Shivalik class stealth multi-role frigate INS Sahyadri to participate in a fleet review organised by the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force.

The IFR held at Visakhapatnam saw participation from 50 navies, with 24 foreign ships, and 71 Indian Navy ships. This was the second time the IFR was organised in India — the largest military exercise the country has held so far.

China, the US and Australia were among the participating navies.

(IANS) (pic courtesy: idrw.org)

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IBM Offers Agritech Start-Ups To Boost Up Agricultural Production in India

All the agritech companies in India, whose supply chain operations are getting impacted in the current lockdown period can avail the service

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Farmers in India are getting ready to harvest Rabi Crops like wheat, barley, mustard, sesame and peas, but many agritech companies who manage supply chains are facing complex challenges due to the lockdown. Wikimedia Commons

With the COVID-19 lockdown bringing new challenges to the agricultural sector in India, IBM is offering the agritech start-ups a 30-day free trial of its Operations Dashboard from The Weather Company (TWC) to help these firms with supply chain operations.

Farmers in India are getting ready to harvest Rabi Crops like wheat, barley, mustard, sesame and peas, but many agritech companies who manage supply chains are facing complex challenges due to the lockdown.

“The Dashboard can help supply chain managers make faster, more-informed decisions by combining our accurate weather forecasts with their unique business insights,” Sandip Patel, Managing Director, IBM India Pvt Ltd and General Manager IBM India/South Asia wrote in a LinkedIn post on Tuesday.

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All the agritech companies in India, whose supply chain operations are getting impacted in the current lockdown period can avail the service, Patel said. The Operations Dashboard is designed to send automatic alerts when weather conditions that could impact businesses are detected.

It can contextualie what upcoming weather might mean for businesses and provide recommended actions, besides improving operations by deliveringnear real-time and forecasted location-specific weather notifications.

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With the COVID-19 lockdown bringing new challenges to the agricultural sector in India, IBM is offering the agritech start-ups a 30-day free trial of its Operations Dashboard from The Weather Company (TWC) to help these firms with supply chain operations. Wikimedia Commons

“Powered by the IBM Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System (IBMGRAF) — the world’s highest-resolution global weather forecasting model — this highly customizable solution is designed to function like a ‘meteorologist-in-a-box’ which actively monitors weather forecasts for conditions that may affect your location, operations and customers,” Patel said.

With access to current weather and 15 day forecast with user-friendly visual effects, the tool can allow companies to take decisions ontransportation of their produce in the face of weather.

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“This means produce will reach consumers faster, less food will be spoilt,and farmers’ efforts don’t go to waste,” Patel said. (IANS)