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Govt. launches ‘Krishi Kisan’ mobile app

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar launched ‘Krishi Kisan’ mobile app to help farmers take benefit of field demonstration of new farm technologies, seed hubs as well as weather advisories.

The Minister urged farmer to utilize these services for betterment of their cultivation methods and thereby ensuring higher agricultural productivity.

About Krishi Kisan App

It will provide farmers the information of best demonstration of high-yielding crops and seeds in their nearby vicinity.

The mobile app is free of cost and can be downloaded from Google Playstore. The Farmers can then login and get details of nearest crop demonstration fields, which the government does to showcase new technologies and visit them.

The ‘Krishi Kisan’ platform can be utilized by any farmer with high quality of crops to demonstrate best practices of cultivation to other farmers so that this will help other farmers also to adopt these methods.

Besides providing demonstration of high-yielding variety (HYV) of crops and seeds the App will also help in geo-fencing and geo-tagging of crop. In the Krishi Kisan app the government has geo-tagged crop demo fields and seed hubs not only to track their performance but also help farmers to take benefits.

The government is also distributing seed mini-kits to farmers for multiplication and since now that they are geo-tagged, the government can track whether mini-kits are being used. The app will also give weather forecast message to farmers. Through app, the government will also provide farm level weather advisory on a pilot basis in following four districts-

  • Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
  • Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Rajkot (Gujarat)
  • Nanded (Maharasthra)

Govt. launches ‘CHC-Farm Machinery’ mobile app for farmers

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar launched ‘CHC Farm Machinery’ mobile App in New Delhi. The Multi-lingual Mobile App CHC Farm Machinery is for farmers to hire tractors and other farm machineries.

About ‘CHC Farm Machinery’ App

The mobile application connects farmers with Custom Hiring Service Centres in their nearby vicinity. The app can be downloaded on any android phone from Google Play Store.

Through this app the farmers can now select and order the required machinery at rates feasible for them from Custom Hiring Centers (CHC) located in radius of 50 Kms. Thus farmers, primarily small and marginal farmers, will have easy access to high value and technical agricultural equipments and this will further facilitate optimum use of all types of inputs using these farming machines.

The app is already available to custom service providers for registration and uploading with geo-reference photographs of agricultural machinery custom service centers as well as photographs of machinery available in it.

As of now over 40,000 custom hiring service centers have registered on this mobile app for the purpose of renting more than 1,20,000 agricultural machineries & equipments.

Benefits: Using the app will take mechanization to maximum farm holdings in a short time frame and will also increase the income of the farmers.

NOTE: To provide Agricultural Machinery on rental basis to the Farmers, specially small & marginal farmers who cannot afford to buy the high value machinery & equipments, the Custom Hiring Centers/ Farm Machinery banks and Hi-tech hubs have been established under various Schemes such as–

  • Mission on Agricultural Mechanization
  • Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana
  • Crop Residue Management Schemes of DAC&FW under Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare.