Who: Mobile apps namely Crop Insurance and AgriMarket Mobile
What: Launched for farmers
When: 24 December 2015
Why: To provide all relevant and timely information
For the benefit of farmers, Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh on 23 December 2015 launched two mobile apps namely Crop Insurance and AgriMarket Mobile.
The apps were launched to celebrate the birth anniversary of former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Choudhary Charan Singh. Their birthday will be celebrated by organising Kishan Jai Vigyan Week.
The Mobile app Crop Insurance will help the farmers not only to find out complete details about insurance cover available in their area but also to calculate the insurance premium for notified crops, coverage amount and loan amount in case of a loaned farmer. It can also be used to get details of normal sum insured, extended sum insured, premium details and subsidy information of any notified crop in any notified area
Mobile app AgriMarket Mobile can be used by the farmers to get the market prices of crops in the mandi within 50 km radius of the device and other mandis in the country. This app automatically captures the location of person using mobile GPS and fetches the market prices of crops in those markets which fall within the range of 50 km. There is another option to get price of any market and any crop in case person does not want to use GPS location. The prevailing prices are fetched from the Agmarknet portal.
Both these apps have been developed in house by IT Division of the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare and can be downloaded from Google Store or mKisan portal.
There is a provision that if any State desires to convert these mobile applications in their local language, they can easily do so by simply providing the names of few keywords in their language. Then this application will be prepared in that language very easily and uploaded on the play store.
Besides, the minister also said that the union government will launch a crop insurance scheme in January 2015. The scheme will aim at speedy disposal of claims with very less premiums.