m-Kisan Portal for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
02-July-2019 18:40 IST
m-KISAN PORTAL

Information and services available on mkisan portal i.e. https://mkisan.gov.in are crop specific advisories to farmers through SMS and Voice; Pull SMS service for farmers to register themselves and give feedback on the service; Interactive Voice Response System service and extreme weather alert for farmers. 24,62,37,10,138 SMSs have been sent to the farmers since launch of this portal on 25.05.2013 till 28.06.2019. Advisories to the farmers registered on this portal, can be sent in 12 languages viz., Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

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STATE WISE REGISTERED FARMERS (as on 28.06.2019)
Sl. No STATE NAME FARMER COUNT
1 A AND N ISLANDS 11989
2 ANDHRA PRADESH 5313689
3 ARUNACHAL PRADESH 1257
4 ASSAM 78249
5 BIHAR 1032234
6 CHANDIGARH 640
7 CHHATTISGARH 1527476
8 DADRA AND NAGAR HAVELI 1235
9 DAMAN AND DIU 74
10 DELHI 48906
11 GOA 23755
12 GUJARAT 1224048
13 HARYANA 1311885
14 HIMACHAL PRADESH 733962
15 JAMMU AND KASHMIR 256018
16 JHARKAND 810946
17 KARNATAKA 763898
18 KERALA 1050629
19 LAKSHADWEEP 26
20 MADHYA PRADESH 2321973
21 MAHARASHTRA 6369389
22 MANIPUR 4241
23 MEGHALAYA 5042
24 MIZORAM 4541
25 NAGALAND 27657
26 ODISHA 3008725
27 PUDUCHERRY 11202
28 PUNJAB 724908
29 RAJASTHAN 3200755
30 SIKKIM 26244
31 TAMIL NADU 1232068
32 TELANGANA 2782294
34 TRIPURA 40993
35 UTTAR PRADESH 14123357
36 UTTARAKHAND 199109
37 WEST BENGAL 1790872
TOTAL 50064286

This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in Lok Sabha today.

Brief Overview of the mKisan Portal

As per TRAI data of May, 2014, though there are about 38 crore mobile telephone connections in rural areas, internet penetration in the countryside is still abysmally low (in single digit percentage). Therefore, mobile messaging is the most effective tool so far having pervasive outreach to nearly 8.93 crore farm families. mKisan SMS Portal for farmers enables all Central and State government organizations in agriculture and allied sectors to give information/services/advisories to farmers by SMS in their language, preference of agricultural practices and location.

As part of agricultural extension (extending research from lab to the field), under the National e-Governance Plan - Agriculture (NeGP-A), various modes of delivery of services have been envisaged. These include internet, touch screen kiosks, agri-clinics, private kiosks, mass media, Common Service Centres, Kisan Call Centres, and integrated platforms in the departmental offices coupled with physical outreach of extension personnel equipped with pico-projectors and hand held devices. However, mobile telephony (with or without internet) is the most potent and omnipresent tool of agricultural extension.

The project conceptualized, designed and developed in-house within the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation USSDhas widened the outreach of scientists, experts and Government officers posted down to the Block level to disseminate information, give advisories and to provide advisories to farmers through their mobile telephones. SMS Portal was inaugurated by the Hon'ble President of India on July 16, 2013 and since its inception nearly 327 crore messages or more than 1044 crore SMSs have been sent to farmers throughout the length and breadth of the country. These figures are rising ever since.

These messages are specific to farmers' specific needs & relevance at a particular point of time and generate heavy inflow of calls in the Kisan Call Centres where people call up to get supplementary information. SMS PortalSMS Portal for Farmers has empowered all Central and State Government Organizations in Agriculture & Allied sectors (including State Agriculture Universities, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Agromet Forecasts Units of India Meteorological Department, ICAR Institutes, Organization in Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries etc.) to give information/services/advisories to farmers by SMS in their language, preference of agricultural practices and locations.

USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data), IVRS (Interactive Voice Response System) and Pull SMS are value added services which have enabled farmers and other stakeholders not only to receive broadcast messages but also to get web based services on their mobile without having internet. Semi-literate and illiterate farmers have also been targeted to be reached through voice messages.

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