National Farmers’ Portal
All Central and State Government organizations in agriculture & allied sectors i.e. State Agriculture Universities, KrishiVigyanKendras, Agromet Forecasts Units of India Meteorological Department, ICAR Institutes, Organization in Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries etc. provides information/ services/ advisories to farmers by SMS in their language, preference of agricultural practices and locations through mKisan Portal. As part of agricultural extension (extending research from lab to the field), under the National e-Governance Plan-Agriculture (NeGP-A), various modes of delivery of services have been envisaged. These include internet, touch screen kiosks, agri-clinics, private kiosks, mass media, Common Service Centres, Kisan Call Centres, and integrated platforms in the departmental offices coupled with physical outreach of extension personnel equipped with pico-projectors and hand held devices. Since its inception, about 468 crore messages with 361704 advisories and more than 1400 crore SMSs have been sent to the Indian farmers. The supplied information includes crops, seeds, pesticides, farmers’ insurance, farm machineries, storage, fertilizers, market price of agricultural produce, package of practices, various extension activities etc. There are also provision of downloading different schemes, farm friendly handbook and like many other things. The portal can be accessed at www.mkisan.gov.in. The ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata as ADMIN activated the registration requests received from different KVKs of this Zone and ultimately, almost all KVKs of ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata have been registered. As on date, KVKs are providing various information to the farmers through sending messages. During 2016-17, KVKs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal sent 14, 726, 428 and 514 advisory, respectively which benefitted total 3.48 crore agricultural farmers.
Table: State wise distribution of SMS advisories and number of beneficiaries during
|Sl. No.||State||No. of Advisory Sent||No. of Beneficiaries|
|1||Andaman & Nicobar Islands||14||747|