A new mobile app will soon launch in Karnataka to help farmers sell their food to retailers like as BigBasket, Reliance Fresh, Nature’s Basket, and Ninjacart. The e- Sahamathi app in assistance with nationwide informatics center (NIC), developed by the e-governance division, created to let the farmers present their consent to retailers to reach out to them to secure a deal of his/her procedure.
The will be launched by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa this month.
“That is an open API. A retailer can entry particulars akin to a farmer’s identify, his crop, landholding, location and so forth., on a real-time foundation of solely these farmers who’ve consented,” extra chief secretary (e-governance) Rajeev Chawla told ET.
“We’ve not spoken to any retailer, however we are going to give large publicity about this technology-enabled function. All stakeholders could make use of this. The federal government’s position ends there,” he stated.
“We spend about ₹100 crore yearly to assemble crop survey information of farmlands unfold over 25 million plots,” Chawla stated. “We have a community of about 30,000 paid surveyors who add this information, with the image of crops, on a realtime foundation.” A huge database with information on seven million farmers in Karnataka, including their names, landholdings, location, and type of crop or crops farmed was built by his organization.
The information could be shared on getting permission from farmers with major merchants, who are in need to buy farm products directly from farms and the federal government has the authority to do it.
Karnataka’s agricultural produce market committee (APMC) regulations were altered last year to allow farmers to sell their products to merchants and food processing industries outside of controlled mandis.
According to an analyst, the creation of e-Sahamathi is the natural next step after APMC’s monopoly over agricultural products was broken.
According to the analyst who asked not to be identified, if the app is successful, it would lead to greater value discovery for agricultural produce, resulting in higher revenues and lower debts in rural regions.
Farmers may update information about their crops and the region on the crop survey app, according to Shakeel Ahmed, project head of the state e-governance division’s Farmer Registration & Unified Beneficiary Data System (FRUITS).
According to them, the software can also aid enterprises selling seeds, fertilizers, insecticides, and bank loans in supplying their products or services to willing farmers.
It will allow customers to find producers who are most equipped to meet their needs.