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Ekgaon Technologies provides farm advisories to farmers in various parts of India, its CEO, VIJAY PRATAP SINGH ADITYA talks to MOHD MUSTAQUIM on persisting problems in providing ICT services to farmers and expectations from the Budget
Ekgaon is unique ‘For Profit’ community-based social enterprise enriching lives of over a million rural households in India. Ekgaon provides utility services for farmers, rural businesses and rural women. It is the first company to introduce mobile enabled financial services delivery platform in South Asia.
‘Ekgaon’, which in the literal sense means, ‘one village’, was founded on Gandhian philosophy which states “For the purpose of economics village is my world, for the purpose of culture world is my village.”
............... All products cater to a healthy food brand philosophy, for example it sells Palm sugar and Jaggery and not white sugar, which is not good for health. The farmers’ income, as a result of both the mobile-based advisory services as well as the marketplace, has seen an average increase of Rs 8,500 per month, or 67 percent. Ekgaon expects to double the farm income in next few years and ensure the monthly bonus credited to bank account of its network farmers from end-retail sales (upto 10%) from the currently quarterly bonus.
Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a new mobile app— Kisan Suvidha— which will provide farmers information on the five parameters of weather, input dealer, market price, plant protection and expert advisories. Given that India has the world’s second largest smartphone market, with 87 million rural mobile Internet users, and agriculture is the mainstay of Indian economy, with more than 60 per cent of the workforce employed in it, it is presumed that this app is likely to have many takers and is poised to change the face of Indian agriculture.
Preetam, a 42-years-old farmer based out of Indri village in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district, has 4 acres of land in which he used to produce about 40 quintals of paddy. He sold his produce for about Rs. 1,000, lesser than what the government was offering for the crop at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) because, as a small farmer, he wasn’t part of the cooperative society that ensures farmers get the MSP assured by the Centre.
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COIMBATORE: Agriculture advisory, weather forecast and crop guidance will soon be just a touch away for farmers in Tamil Nadu. The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has called for tenders to make its guidance and prediction software available on Android platforms for use by farmers. Last year, the department of agriculture of the Tamil Nadu government had distributed tablets to farmers with software applications like 'Crop Doctor' and several other agricultural prediction packages. The farmers would have to send crop details to TNAU by email and wait for guidance from scientists or professors.
Information and communication technologies may just usher in the second green revolution in India. Kishor Jagtap, Project Manager at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), is working on a novel initiative in rural Maharashtra. His team is working with Digital Green, an international non-profit development organisation, to spread the use of clean technologies among women farmers in the Wardha and Yavatmal districts of the state.
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