CSIR’s Kisan Sabha App to connect farmers to supply chain

India’s ongoing lockdown has threatened the agriculture sector as it overlaps with the time of harvest. In the current circumstance of COVID-19, farmers are on the lookout for support in getting their develop to the market place, as also in procuring seeds, fertilizer, etc. from the market place. A sturdy source chain administration is urgently essential to aid the well timed delivery of the develop at the ideal attainable prices.

The Central Road Exploration Institute (CRRI), a CSIR lab, has arrive up with an application called Kisan Sabha to take care of the difficulties relevant to the agricultural source chain. The Application was remotely released these days by Director Normal, Indian Council of Agricultural Exploration (ICAR) and Secretary, Division of Agricultural Exploration and Education (DARE), Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra. The major aim of Kisan Sabha is to connect farmers to source chain and freight transportation administration program.

Dr Mohapatra complimented the Council of Scientific and Industrial Exploration (CSIR) for establishing this Application as a a single-stop remedy for farmers, transporters and other entities engaged in the agriculture sector. He also supplied that ICAR can get the job done collectively with CSIR and use the large community of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in the region for implementation.

Dr Shekar C. Mande, Director Normal of CSIR and Secretary, Division of Scientific and Industrial Exploration (DSIR), who was current on the event, mentioned that “The progress and launch of the Application reiterate the commitment of CSIR in supporting the farmers in these essential occasions in the region. We search ahead to partnering with ICAR, Field, MSMEs, the trucker and farming group and all stakeholders to consider this initiative forward”, he claimed.

Launch of this Application was witnessed remotely by representatives of marketplace, farmers, the team of CSIR-CRRI and other senior researchers of CSIR. Dr Satish Chandra, Director of CSIR-CRRI, highlighted that “As the in general agriculture market place is not effectively organized and a whole lot of develop gets squandered or is staying marketed at quite lower rates, a in depth major examine was undertaken whereby 500+ farmers had been interviewed and six-day very long survey with dealers, transporters and farmers had been carried out in Asia’s major Azadpur Mandi to understand the many problems and gaps in the present-day surroundings. Centered on this examine and the present-day prevailing circumstance, the Kisan Sabha Application was designed.”

Kisan Sabha functions as a single stop for every single entity relevant to agriculture, be they farmers who will need a greater value for the crops or mandi dealers who want to connect to much more farmers or truckers who invariably go empty from the mandis. Application also functions for folks in the agriculture providers sector these kinds of as dealers of fertilizers/pesticides, who can arrive at out to much more farmers for their providers. It would also confirm to be useful for people associated with chilly stores or godowns. KisanSabha also gives a system for folks who want to acquire right from the farmers. Kisan Sabha has 6 significant modules getting care of Farmers, Mandi Dealers, Transporters, Mandi Board Member, Assistance Companies and Individuals.

Kisan Sabha aims to offer the most economical and well timed logistics assistance to the farmers and improve their gain margins by minimizing the interference of middlemen and right connecting with the institutional buyers. It will also support in offering the ideal market place rates for crops by evaluating the prices in the closest mandis, scheduling of freight car at the most affordable price, thus providing optimum benefit to the farmers.

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(India Science Wire)