Monday, 6 July 2015

Mobile-based services to help farmers


VIJAYAWADA (AP) FRIDAY, 30/07/2010: _A farmer tilling the land for kharif sowings takes a break to strike a conversation on his mobile phone, at Kundavari kandrika near Vijayawada. _ PHOTO: RAJU_V. (DIGITAL MAGE)
Mobile based services for farmers and other stakeholders being delivered through organisations, departments and offices of Central and State Governments down to the block level (including State Agriculture Universities, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Agro-Meteorological Field Units) have been brought together under a single umbrella, namely, mKisan portal of the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. The URL iswww.mkisan.gov.in.
mKisan portal subsumes all mobile-based initiatives in the field of agriculture and allied sectors, according to Department of Agriculture Co-operation. It brings together SMS (both push and pull), interactive voice response system, unstructured supplementary services of data or USSD (which is essentially an interactive SMS and can facilitate data entry and query on web portals without Internet), mobile apps and services.


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