Kisan Rath App launched; set to solve all logistical problems of farmers amid coronavirus lockdown
Government has today launched ‘Kisan Rath App’ to on-board logistics service providers who can extend transportation facility for movement of agricultural and horticultural produce from farm gate to regulated markets, Farmer Producer Organization( FPO) Centres, village haats/ GrAMS, warehouses, railway stations, airports, processing units, wholesale and retail markets etc.
The App was launched by the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India.
The ‘Kisan Rath App’ will lead to on boarding of over 5 lakh trucks through transport aggregators as well as 20,000 tractors from farmer group run Custom Hiring Centers(CHCs) a government official said adding that it will be a stepping stone towards provision of timely transportation service at competitive rates for farmers and traders besides achieving reduction in food wastage. This will also strengthen agricultural supply chain management during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Kisan Rath App has been developed and supported by National Informatics Center (NIC) and can be accessed and downloaded from Google play store.
The government recently also launched new features new features of National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Platform to strengthen agriculture marketing by farmers to reduce their need to physically come to wholesale mandis for selling their harvested produce, at a time when there is critical need to decongest mandis to effectively fight against COVID-19. T
These software modules are namely Warehouse-based trading module in e-NAM software to facilitate trade from warehouses based on e-NWR and FPO trading module in e-NAM whereby FPOs can trade their produce from their collection center without bringing the produce to APMC.
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In addition to facilitate inter-mandi and inter-state trade at this juncture, enhanced version of logistic module has been released whereby aggregators of transport logistic platform have on boarded which helps users to avail trackable transport facilities for transporting their produce.
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