KisanMitr provides technological solutions to farmers’ problems : Indian Council of Agricultural Research – Gaonconnection

In a series of webinars, the Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, AK Singh, mentioned that Kisan Mitr helps find technological solutions to farmers’ problems. Singh was speaking at the 28th edition of an agricultural technology webinar series on July 3.

Kisan Mitr or ‘Friends of the Farmers’ is a central government initiative to ensure farmers become self-reliant by giving them farming information and recommendations from various government data sources.

The press release issued by the Office of the Chief Science Advisor yesterday July 7 pointed out that one of the biggest challenges for agricultural technology start-ups is to reach out to farmers, agricultural producer organizations (FPOs) and to Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK). these kendras (centres) support public, private and voluntary sector initiatives to improve the agricultural economy at the district level.

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“Kisanmitr was conceptualized and succeeded in linking supply with demand. Startups can support farmers through KVKs and farmers can find solutions to some of their challenges,” the statement read.

ICAR said providing technical training to one farmer will have a cascading effect on rural development, as many other farmers will learn from a trained farmer.

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During the webinar, Singh said, “…one farmer will help train many other farmers. So if we form one with technology, they will also contribute to knowledge transfer.” He also called on the KVKs to be the standard bearers and make these solutions reach the farmer by organizing their visit to the KVK offices for the farmers for a demonstration of the technologies. So far, 75 KVK have joined together for this sensitization.

In the webinar, Balraj, a farmer from Punjab, talked about the impact of deploying a sensor to detect humidity in the atmosphere. The press release pointed out that his village has no electricity and uses diesel pumps for irrigation.

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Deploying this sensor, as claimed, saved both diesel and water, which he quantified in 15 to 20 hours of pump operation. The sensor was able to detect moisture in the lower soil layers and the farmer observed an improvement in crop yield and soil health. According to the press release, this sensor is a product of an agritech startup.

The series of agricultural presentations by technology developers in Indian research institutes and their start-ups is said to have helped showcase around 150 agricultural technologies on different themes such as farm management, post-harvest management, allied farming.

Lana T. Arthur