On 1st May 2020 Dr.Trilochan Mohapatra, Director General(DG), Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR) and Secretary Department of Agriculture Research Education(DARE), remotely launched the Kisan Sabha app developed by CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CSIR-CRRI), New Delhi to connect with the supply chain and Freight Transportation Management System for the farmers trying to reach the market, seed/fertilizer procurements to make timely delivery of the produce during the COVID-19 pandemic.Key Points:
i.Primary study for understanding the issues and gaps in current scenario to develop the Kisan Sabha, was done with more than 500 farmers and transporters in Asia’s biggest Azadpur Mandi The representatives of industry, farmers, team of CSIR-CRRI and other senior scientists of CSIR remotely witnessed the launch of the application.
ii.Dr. Mohapatra offered that ICAR can work with CSIR and the Kisan Sabha app can use the network of Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) for the implementation.
iii.The “Kisan Sabha” a portal that provides solutions for the farmers, transporters, pesticides/fertilizer dealers, cold store and warehouse owners, mandi dealers, retail outlets, online stores, institutional buyers and other related entities.
iv.Kisan Sabha has 6 modules that takes care of Farmers/Mandi Dealers/Transporters/Mandi Board Members/Service Providers/Consumers and also provides a platform for people to buy directly from the farmers
v.Kisan Sabha supports the farmers by providing economical and timely logistics support and reduces the interference of middlemen and connects the institutional buyers and increases their profit margins.
vi.The app will compare the nearest mandis, booking of freight vehicles cost and provide best market rates to benefit the farmers.
Director– Satish Chandra
Headquarters– New Delhi
Established in– 1952