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Describing a town or vicinity outside a major, metropolitan area. Rural areas have low population density. Most people in rural areas work in urban or suburban areas, but some still work in agricultural or energy producing industries. In the United States, living in a rural area can qualify one for some forms of government assistance, such as a USDA mortgage.
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Concerning the country. Contrast with urban or suburban.

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Conclusion: In this paper, state-of-the-art research was discussed on the area of e-agriculture with special emphasis on irrigation systems and use of ICT Tools.
Founded in early '99 by fourth-generation Colorado rancher Clair Orr, Greeley-based LLC is an eight-employee e-agriculture company with three pursuits: an ag portal (, contract web development for agribusinesses, and application development for the broader agricultural market.
She noted that the competition was hotly contested with 25 finalists being selected out of the total 152 e-agriculture startups from across Africa and the Caribbean.
InternetSpeech will also provide essential internet features such as audio browsing, searching, sending and receiving emails, and e-health, e-learning, e-commerce, and e-agriculture capabilities.
"In the last few years many countries have employed ICT in areas such as entrepreneurship, innovation, research and development, promoting distance learning, e-health, e-agriculture, e-trade and other fields.
The Prime Minister stressed upon optimal utilization of USF fund in bringing concrete progress in the near future, in terms of applications like e-agriculture, e-commerce, e-government, e-education, e-health and e-disaster management.
E-agriculture and e-government for global policy development; implications and future directions.
The e-agriculture system will allow providing the Azerbaijani farmers with necessary information, as well as rendering consulting services to them, Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Agriculture Ilhama Gadimova said.
'The availability of digital platforms has eased service delivery and e-education, e-learning, e-health, e-agriculture are some of the avenues where industry can actively work with governments.'
According to Provincial Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha 75,000 smart phones will be given to the farmers in the first phase under E-Agriculture Credit Scheme which will have already installed basic applications.
Some of the key features of the draft National IT policy are sectoral digitization, big data, data analytics, entrepreneurship, Internet of Things (IoT), e-Commerce, e-agriculture and software export.It is expected that the draft policy would be submitted to Economic Coordination Committee for its approval soon.