kisan-rath-to-facilitate-movement-of-agriculture-horticulture-produce-summary

Context:The Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare recently launched a farmer friendly mobile application named ‘Kisan Rath’ In Krishi Bhavan.
 

Kisan Rath (Mobile application)

Developed by

National Informatics Centre (NIC)

Tagline

“Kisan ka apna Vahan”

Aims

To facilitate farmers & traders in identifying the right mode of transportation for Primary and Secondary transportation for movement of Agriculture & Horticulture produce.

Covered farm produces

  • Foodgrain (cereal, coarse cereal, pulses etc), Fruits & Vegetables, oil seeds, spices, fiber crops, flowers, bamboo, log & minor forest produce, coconuts etc. 
  • This App also facilitates traders in transportation of perishable commodities by Reefer (Refrigerated) vehicles.

Working Process

  • The Consignors (farmer, FPOs, buyer/ trader) places a requirement for transportation on this app which is disseminated to transport aggregators in the market.
  • These transport aggregators in turn interface with various truckers and fleet owners for obtaining a competitive quote against the requirement and pass back the quote and trucker details to the Consignor. 
  • That is the Consignor directly negotiates off line with the trucker and finalizes the deal. 
  • Once the trip is completed, the user can provide a rating/ feedback for the trucker in the App which, over a period of time, becomes a feedback mechanism for the transporter to improve their services. 

Flow chart

Source:PIB

Other details

Primary transportation would include movement from Farm to Mandis, FPO Collection Centre and Warehouses etc. 

Secondary Transportation would include movement from Mandis to Intra-state & Inter-state mandis, Processing units, Railway station, Warehouses and Wholesalers etc.

App will be made available in 08 languages in Android version initially, and is ready for pan-India use

Significance of the app

  • Ensuring smooth and seamless agricultural supply chain:
    • Transportation of agri produce is a critical and indispensable component of the supply chain. 
    • Under the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country currently due to lockdown, the app will ensure smooth and seamless supply linkages between farmers, warehouses, FPOs, APMC mandis and intra-State & inter-State buyers 
  • Boost to agricultural activities 
    • By providing timely transportation services it will surely translate into better prices for perishable commodities.
    • The app will also help in giving a boost to Inter-mandi and Inter-State trade of agriculture and horticulture produce in the country.
  • Choice to find a suitable transportation means:
    • The app will greatly facilitate farmers, FPOs and Cooperatives in the country to have the choice to find a suitable transport facility to transfer their agriculture produce from farm gate to markets.
    • Through the mechanism of a feedback system transporter will surely improve their services.

This will ultimately help the Consignors in the selection process of Logistics Service Providers in future.

Source:https://pib.gov.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=202327