The government has recently launched two mobile phone applications that will help farmers get information concerning crop insurance and the prices of agricultural commodities in different mandis across the country.
The AgriMarket Mobile App and Crop Insurance Mobile App was developed by the group of in-house IT division of the Agriculture Ministry and can be found and downloaded from Google Play
or the mKisan portal.
According to the Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh
“Government spends huge amount in extending crop insurance to farmers. Due to administrative and technical reasons, much of the information related to crop insurance has not able to reach farmers in time to take advantage of the existing schemes. This mobile app will provide complete details of crop insurance,” .
Farmers can now get notification of information related to crop insurance any time any, anywhere in the country, and also calculate the premium for notified crops based on area, coverage amount and loan amount, he said. Farmers can also get details of normal sum insured, extended sum insured and subsidy information of any notified crop in any notified area.
Still talking about this new AgriMarket app, the Minister said that the app has been developed with one aim, which is to keep farmers abreast of crop prices and discourage them to sell at distress.
He also said that
Farmers can get information concerning prices of crops in markets within 50km distance of their own device location using the AgriMarket Mobile App.
AgriMarket uses mobile GPS which automatically captures the location of the farmers and fetches the market prices of crops in markets which fall within the distance of 50km. There is still another option to get the price of any market and any of the crops in case farmers do not want to use GPS feature, Singh added.
The prices of agri commodities are gotten from the AgriMarket portal. These apps are currently available in English and Hindi languages.