Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture Minister today (17th April 2020), launched transport aggregator mobile application known as Kisan Rath that will bring together 5 lakh trucks as well as 20,000 tractors on mobile platform for transporting agriculture produce to markets from farm gate.
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 & supported by the National Informatics Center or NIC, farmers can access and download the ‘Kisan Rath App’ from Google play store.
SOURCE: Krishi Jagran