In order to facilitate farmers to get ‘right information at right time’ in their language, a digital platform namely ‘Kisan Sarathi’ was launched jointly by Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare with Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, through video conference on Friday on the occasion of 93rd ICAR Foundation Day.
In his address, Vaishnaw, Minister of IT congratulated Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for taking this initiative of Kisan Sarathi to empower farmers with the technological interventions to reach farmers in remote areas. He mentioned that with the digital platform, the farmers could interact and avail personalised advisories on agriculture and allied areas directly from the respective scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs).
Vaishnaw asked the ICAR scientists to take-up research on new technological interventions in the area of transportation of farmers’ crop from their farm-gate to warehouses, markets and the places where they want to sell with minimum damage. Union IT Minister assured that Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) and Ministry of Communications would always be ready to provide all necessary support to Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying for Empowerment of Farmers. He also mentioned that Ministry of Railways was making a plan to minimise the time taken for transportation of crops.
Vaishnaw concluded by congratulating Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) on its 93rd Foundation Day and mentioned that under the able leadership and guidance of Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, ‘Kisan Sarathi’ initiative would be highly valuable not only in addressing the location specific information needs of the farmers but also in agricultural extension, education and research activities of ICAR.
The event was presided over by Parshottam Rupala, Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Kailash Choudhary, Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Shobha Karandlaje, Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
Others present in the virtual event were Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Abhishek Singh, MD & CEO, Digital India Corporation and senior officials from MeitY, ICAR and DARE. The event was witnessed by farmers, stakeholders and partners of ICAR, DARE, MeitY and Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) across the country.