National e-Governance Programme promotes IT in Agriculture

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New Delhi: As part of promoting e-Governance in agriculture, the Department of Agriculture & Co-operation, under the Union Ministry of Agriculture, is implementing the Mission Mode Project – National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGP-A) in seven selected States under Phase-I. The project aims to disseminate information to the farmers on twelve identified cluster of services, related to agriculture through various delivery channels including Common Service Centres, Internet Kiosk, SMSs and Kisan Call Centres.

In order to generate awareness among masses, publicity of Kisan Call Centre is being carried out through electronic media and through All India Radio across the country. According to the Union Minister of State for Communications & IT, Shri Sachin Pilot, there are a number of current Information Technology related initiatives or schemes undertaken by Department of Agriculture & Co-operation which are aimed at providing information to the farmers on various activities in the agriculture value chain for helping them in planning and decision making in this field.

The Department of Agriculture & Co-operation has developed 80 portals, applications and websites. The important portals include SeedNet, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation Network (DACNET), AGMARKNET (prices and arrivals in mandis), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), NHM (National Horticulture Mission), and National Food Security Mission (NFSM).

Kisan Call Centres (KCC) are functioning from twenty five Centre including Kerala. They aim to provide information to the farming community nationwide through toll free telephone lines (Telephone No. 1800 180 1551) from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm on all seven days a week, to disseminate information.

In Kerala, KISSAN Kerala is a multi-modal ICT enabled Agricultural information System that has been providing several useful information and advisory services for the farmers since 2003. The KISSAN Kerala Operations Centre is based out of the Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala (IIITM-K) in Technopark, Trivandrum.

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