NEW DELHI || The Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday launched a farmer-friendly mobile application in Krishi Bhavan which has been developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to facilitate farmers & traders in searching transport vehicles for Primary and Secondary transportation for movement of Agriculture & Horticulture produce.
Primary transportation would include movement from Farm to Mandis, FPO Collection Centre and Warehouses, etc. Secondary Transportation would include movement from Mandis to Intra-state & Inter-state mandi’s, Processing units, Railway station, Warehouses, and Wholesalers, etc.
Speaking on the occasion Tomar said that agricultural activities have to go on amidst the lockdown. He said concessions have been given to the Agriculture sector on directions of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While harvesting and sowing are going on, transportation will become easier with the Kisan Rath app as it will help farmers and traders for transporting produce from farm gate to mandi and mandi to mandi all over the country.
At this juncture while the country is passing through the COVID-19 situation, this ‘Kisan Rath’ App will greatly facilitate farmers, FPOs and Cooperatives in the country to have the choice to find a suitable transport facility to transfer their agriculture produce from farm gate to markets.
The Mobile Application named “Kisan Rath” facilitates Farmers and Traders in identifying the right mode of transportation for movement of farm produce ranging from foodgrain (cereal, coarse cereal, pulses, etc), Fruits & Vegetables, oilseeds, spices, fiber crops, flowers, bamboo, log & minor forest produce, coconuts, etc. This App also facilitates traders in the transportation of perishable commodities by Reefer (Refrigerated) vehicles.
Transportation of Agri produce is a critical and indispensable component of the supply chain. Under the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country currently due to lockdown, “Kisan Rath” will ensure smooth and seamless supply linkages between farmers, warehouses, FPOs, APMC mandi’s, and intra-State & inter-State buyers and help in the reduction of food wastage by providing timely services. All these will contribute in better prices for perishable commodities.
The Consignors (farmer, FPOs, buyer/ trader) places a requirement for transportation on this app which is disseminated to transport aggregators in the market, who in turn interface with various truckers and fleet owners for obtaining a competitive quote against the requirement and passes back the quote and trucker details to the Consignor.
Thereafter, the Consignor directly negotiates off the line with the trucker and finalizes the deal. Once the trip is completed, the user can provide a rating/ feedback for the trucker in the App which, over a period of time, becomes a feedback mechanism for the transporter to improve their services. This would also help the Consignors in the selection process of Logistics Service Providers in future.
This Mobile App will be made available in 08 languages in the Android version initially and is ready for pan-India use.