Assam government launches mobile app, Kisan Rath, to promote buyer-seller network

GUWAHATI: In a bid to promote the buyer-seller network in its state, the Assam government has launched a mobile application, called Kisan Rath.

The newly launched app connects more than 10,000 farmers, 50 farmer-producer organizations and 1,000 verified agricultural traders on its interface.

Initially launched by the Government of India, the app has been customized by National Informatics Centre (NIC) Assam to suit the requirements of the state. The app also enables farmers to take advantage of all relevant schemes and opens up the national market outside the state for surplus products

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the Kisan Rath (Fruits & Vegetables) app, in the state. Developed, designed and technically maintained by NIC, the app will be implemented by the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (APART) project which will train farmers and other stakeholders on using the app.

The app is available in three languages – Assamese, Hindi and English.

Sonowal said that the app would be a new vehicle for boosting the state’s agri-business by opening up markets across the country for the farmers of Assam to get the most benefit for their produce.

He also said that the app would help farmers emerge strong in today’s competitive market and be a boon to growers of perishable fruits and vegetable as it would lead to radical reduction in wastage.

Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi since the time of assuming office has been working to double farmers’ income to give them a life of dignity, the Chief Minister said that central government schemes like PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Fasal Bima Yojana, KCC etc. have strengthened agricultural ecosystem in the country and made agriculture a dignified calling.

Sonowal said that Assam government has been implementing schemes like Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana and Krishi Sa-Sajuli Yojana etc. in a bid to make agriculture more productive and remunerative. He also said that the State government has been giving adequate stress on agriculture to realize the PM’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and urged the youth to take up farming to build a robust economy of the State.

Minister of Agriculture, Horticulture and Food Processing Atul Bora said that during the coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown farmers have had to face severe hardship and incurred huge losses. However, during first 70 days of the lockdown, farmers of Assam sold vegetables within Assam and outside worth Rs 357 crore and more than 5000 farmers directly engaged themselves as vendors which helped to emerge new farmers’ markets in the state.

The Agriculture Minister further said that Kisan Rath app would eliminate the adverse role of middlemen, creating new market opportunities for farmers and increasing their bargaining power. He also said that along with implementation of central government schemes, the State Agriculture Department has also launched many innovative schemes which promise to bring significant changes in the farm sector in the days to come.

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