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‘Kisan Rath Mobile App’ launched for farmers

With the intention of helping Indian farmers & trades to identify suitable transport facilities for the movement of farm produce during coronavirus lockdown, the Centre has launched Kisan Rath Mobile App. It will allow movement of farm produce from farm gate to mandi and from one mandi to another. The App will therefore ensure seamless supply linkages between farmers, FPOs, APMC mandis and intra-state and inter-state buyers. This will also reduce wastage and contribute to better pricing of perishable commodities.

It has been developed by the National Informatics Centre. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, the consignors — farmer, FPOs, buyer/ trader — will place a requirement for transportation which will be disseminated to transport aggregators in the market, who in turn interface with truckers and fleet owners for obtaining a competitive quote. The quote by truckers will be passed back to the consignor, who will directly negotiate off line with the trucker, finalize the deal and give ratings to the truckers on the app. The rating would aid the consignors in the selection process of logistics service providers in future.