'Kisan Rath' App launched! Farmers to benefit during lockdown

This Kisan Rath Mobile App will be made available in 8 languages on Android version initially, and is ready for pan-India use. 

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Apr 18, 2020, 11:56 AM IST

In a bid to facilitate transportation of foodgrain and perishables during lockdown in India, the Narendra Modi Government has launched the 'Kisan Rath' App on Friday in New Delhi. This Kisan Rath Mobile App will be made available in 8 languages on Android version initially, and is ready for pan-India use. Photo: PIB

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Farmer friendly mobile application

Farmer friendly mobile application

The Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar launched the farmer friendly mobile application developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to facilitate farmers & traders in searching transport vehicles (both primary and secondary) for movement of Agriculture & Horticulture produce. Photo: PIB

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Farm to Mandis and more

Farm to Mandis and more

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 mandis, Processing units, Railway station, Warehouses and Wholesalers etc. Photo: PTI

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Giving Agri a boost

Giving Agri a boost

Speaking on the occasion Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh 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 is 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, Tomar explained. Photo: PTI

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Inter-mandi and Inter-State trade Boost

Inter-mandi and Inter-State trade Boost

Tomar further said that ‘Kisan Rath’ mobile App will also help in giving boost to Inter-mandi and Inter-State trade of agriculture and horticulture produce in the country. The Minister said that this app, with the tagline “Kisan ka apna Vahan”, is an important milestone in agri-produce transportation. Photo: Reuters

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Kisan Rath app helps identify right mode of transportation

Kisan Rath app helps identify right mode of transportation

The Agriculture Minister went on to add that the 'Kisan Rath' Mobile App facilitates Farmers and Traders in identifying right mode of transportation for movement of farm produce ranging from foodgrain (cereal, coarse cereal, pulses etc), Fruits & Vegetables, oil seeds, spices, fiber crops, flowers, bamboo, log & minor forest produce, coconuts etc. This App also facilitates traders in transportation of perishable commodities by Reefer (Refrigerated) vehicles. Photo: PTI

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Kisan Rath app will ensure smooth supply linkages

Kisan Rath app will ensure smooth supply linkages

Transportation of agri produce is critical and indispensable component of 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 mandis and intra-State & inter-State buyers and help in reduction of food wastage by providing timely services. All these will contribute in better prices for perishable commodities. Photo: PTI

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Kisan Rath App is an interface with various truckers

Kisan Rath App is an interface with various truckers

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 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 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. Photo: Reuters