Govt launches ‘Kisan Rath App’ for transportation of farm produce to mandis amid lock down
The app will bring together 5 lakh trucks as well as 20,000 tractors on mobile platform for transporting agriculture produce from farm gate to markets
Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture Minister today, launched transport aggregator mobile application known as Kisan Rath.
The ‘Kisan Rath App’ will lead to on boarding of over 5 lakh trucks through transport aggregators as well as 20,000 tractors from farmer group run Custom Hiring Centres(CHCs), a senior official of the Ministry said.
The App, launched is by the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, is to bring together logistics service providers, who can extend transportation facility for movement of agricultural and horticultural produce from farms to regulated markets, Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) Centres, village haats/ GrAMS, warehouses, railway stations, airports, processing units, wholesale and retail markets etc.
A senior agriculture department official said that “During lockdown, farmers are finding it very difficult to book trucks and tractors for transporting their produce. Hence this app will help them bring their commodities to the mandis & other market yards”.
The official said, "It will be a stepping stone towards provision of timely transportation service at competitive price for farmers as well as traders besides achieving a decline in food wastage. This would also strengthen the agricultural supply chain management during COVID-19 pandemic”.
To recall, two days back, Agriculture Minister had launched an all India agri transport call centre to facilitate interstate movement of perishables during the nationwide lockdown.
Developed and supported by National Informatics Center (NIC) the ‘Kisan Rath App” can be accessed and downloaded from Google play store.