5 mobile apps making agriculture easy for farmers in India

5 mobile apps making agriculture easy for farmers in India

1. Kisan Suvidha

Launched by the PM Narendra Modi in 2016 to work towards empowerment of farmers and development
of villages, the app design is neat and offers a user-friendly interface. It provides information on current
weather and also the forecast for the next five days, market prices of commodities/crops in the nearest
town, knowledge on fertilizers, seeds, machinery etc. The option to to use the app in different languages
makes it more widely accessible.

2. IFFCO Kisan

This app was launched in 2015 and is managed by IFFCO Kisan, a subsidiary of Indian Farmers’
Fertilizer Cooperative Ltd. Its aim is to help Indian farmers make informed decisions through customized
information related to their needs. The user can access a variety of informative modules including
agricultural advisory, weather, market prices, agriculture information library in the form of text, imagery,
audio and videos in the selected language at profiling stage. The app also offers helpline numbers to get
in touch with Kisan Call Centre Services.

3. Kheti-Badi

‘Kheti-Badi’ is a social initiative App. It aims to promote and support ‘Organic Farming’ and provide
important information/issues related to farmers in India. Agriculture today is heavily dependent on
genetically modified seeds, chemical pesticides and fertilizers; this app helps farmers to switch their
chemical farming into organic farming. However, this app is currently only available in four
languages(Hindi, English, Marathi and Gujarati).

4. WhatsApp Messenger

It may come off as a surprise to many, but one of the most widely used app for texting is bridging gaps
between farmers. Departments of Agriculture of a few states have used this public platform to make
groups called Progressive Farmers’ which connects sons of the soil through their android devices. It
initially started with groups of top officials with android phones and was later introduced to agricultural
communities.

5. Krishi Gyan

Works on a similar aspect as Whatsapp communication but is considered to be better as it doesn’t
require mobile numbers of individuals to stay connected. Apart from providing general information on
farming, this application enables Indian farmers to connect with Krishi Gyan experts and ask them
questions related to farming, and get answers within the application through notifications. The farmers as
well as agriculture enthusiasts can also share their answer with each other.

 

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