Government launches two mobile phone applications for farmers
Well, the digital India trend has become really popular in our country and the present government is aiming to create a complete revolution in the technological advancement of India. Now that being said, there has been a recent launch of two mobile applications that are specifically directed to the farmers and the agriculture market. To be really honest, we are not sure how these applications will be beneficial for the farmers, because a lot of them might not have the necessary smartphones for installing such apps. And one more important thing is, whether they will be able to understand enough about the benefits of these applications.
This is not to underestimate the educational qualifications of the farmers; this is just the real face of India. But since these applications have been launched on the objective of helping the farmers, let us have a closer look at them. Two types of apps have been launched. One is called the Crop Insurance mobile app and the other is known as AgriMarket Mobile App.
- The Crop Insurance Mobile App
This is going to help the farmers in knowing the complete details regarding the insurance coverage available in their areas. This will also help the farmers to calculate the insurance premium for the notified crops, the coverage and also the loan amount. The farmers will have the option of using the cell phones to know the details about sum insured and the information of subsidy for the notified crops in a certain area. This is going to be really helpful for them. Well, due to administrative and technical reasons a lot of this information does not reach out to the farmers in time and they fail to take advantage of different schemes.
- AgriMarket Mobile App
A lot of times, farmers have to incur losses because of the absence of correct market information. The AgriMarket app is used by the farmers for attaining the market prices of crops in Mandi within 50 KM radius of the device. The app is able to track the location of the person through the GPS enabled system which will help them in locating them and fetch them from market. In this way they will know the market price easily. Another way of knowing the market price is using the AgriMarket application through the AgriMarket Portal.
- The development of Applications
Both these applications have been developed by the IT division of the Agriculture department and these apps can be downloaded from the Google Play store. Or you can also make use of the mKisan portal for downloading these apps. The best feature of these applications is, if you are having any trouble in understanding the English language, then it can be converted into the local language for understanding the information. At the same time there is also a scheme which will help in the speedy disposal of the claims with very less premiums, known as Fasal Bima Yojana.
A tabular overview
|SL NO||Brief Details||Facts to know|
|1.||Available in languages||English and Hindi|
|2.||Incident of celebration||To celebrate the birthday of Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Chowdhary Charan Singh|
|3.||Launch date||24th December 2015|
|4.||Launching organization||Union Agriculture and farmers welfare department|
|5.||The authorizing personnel||Radha Mohan Singh|
|6.||Organized event||Kisan Jai Vigyan Week|