Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
13-December-2011 17:34 IST
Dissemination of Agricultural Information through SMS; 1.10 Lakh SMSes sent to 13.4 Lakh Farmers in 2011-12
Agro-Advisories are being provided to farmers by 310 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) in the form of short text messages through mobile phones to give timely farm information. During the current year, under this project, 1.10 lakh SMS (Short Messaging Service) messages have been sent to 13.4 lakh farmers. Similar services are being carried out by some State Governments and other organizations also.

The Mission Mode Project “National e-Governance Plan- Agriculture” is being implemented to achieve rapid development of agriculture in India through the use of ICT for ensuring timely access to agriculture related information for the farmers of the country. The current IT initiatives/schemes will be integrated and upgraded under this project, so that farmers are able to make proper and timely use of the available information. Such information is intended to be provided to farmers through multiple channels including Common Service Centres, Internet Kiosks and SMSs. 12 clusters of services have been identified and the project has been sanctioned for implementation in Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

National e-Governance Plan- Agriculture is contemplated in the entire country after taking approval from competent authority.

The information proposed to be provided includes Pesticides, Fertilizers, Seeds, Soil health, Crops, Farm Machinery, Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs), Weather Advisories, information on Prices & Arrivals, Procurement Points and information on Marketing Infrastructure.

During the rollout of NeGP-A, it is intended that these services would be provided to farmers connected to any telecom service provider.

This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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