Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday launched a mobile app, Kisan Suvidha (farmer’s service), in the state. The app (developed by the Union government’s agriculture department) will provide basic information on weather updates, crop prices and expert advice, a spokesman said here.
Praising the initiative, the CM said this will go a long way to keep the farmers abreast with the changing agricultural practices and marketing support, coupled with the latest agronomical techniques to enhance productivity.
The app, available on Android software-based phones, is a simple interface and provides information on five critical parameters -- weather, input dealers, market price, plant protection and expert advisories.
An additional tab directly connects the farmer with the Kisan Call Centre where technical graduates answer their queries, the spokesman added.
How it works, what it does
~ To begin with, a farmer has to register his mobile number, choose a language (English, Hindi or Punjabi) and enter the details of the state, district and block or sub-district.
~ The ‘weather’ button shows the temperature, humidity, wind speed and rainfall for the current day and the forecast for the next five days. Additionally, a farmer can get extreme weather alerts like hailstorms or unseasonal rains.
~ The ‘market price’ button shows the latest price of all the crops traded at a mandi or the registered agriculture market of the particular district of the farmer.
~ The ‘plant protection’ button provides pest-, weed- and disease-related information as well as management practices for each stage of crop development, from nursery to harvesting.
~ The ‘agro-advisory’ section shows messages for farmers from district agriculture officials and state universities in their local language.