To enable farmers to access the ”Right Info At The Right Time”, a digital platform called “Kisan Sarathi” was launched by Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar and Mrs. Ashwini Vaishnaw (Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare) via video conference. The program was held on the occasion of 93rd ICAR’s Foundation Day.
The event was presided by Mr. ParshottamRupala – Minister for Fisheries and Animal Husbandry and Dairying – Mr. Kailash Chaudhary – Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare & Ms. Sushri Karandlaje – Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
Other dignitaries were present at the virtual event: Mr. Ajay Swarney, Secretary Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Dr. Trilochan MOhapatra was Secretary (DARE & DirectorGeneral (ICAR), and Abhishek Sharma, MD &CEO, Digital India Corporation. Senior officials from MeitY ICAR & DARE also attended. Farmers, stakeholders, partners, and KVKs from across the country were able to witness the event.
Minister of IT, Mr. Vaishnaw, made a speech in which he congratulated the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. He praised them for their initiative to support farmers in remote regions with technological interventions. He stated that the digital platform allows farmers access to personalized advisories and information on agriculture from Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
Mr. Vaishnaw urged the ICAR Scientists to research new technological interventions in the transportation of farmer’s crops from their farm gates to warehouses or markets and places where they want them to sell with minimal damage.
The Union IT Minister assured him that the Ministry of Electronics and IT and Ministry of Communications were always ready to support the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying for Empowerment of Farmers. He also mentioned the Ministry of Railways’Railways’ plans to speed up the transport of crops.
Vaishnav concluded his remarks by congratulating the Indian Council of Agricultural Research at its 93rd Foundation Day.