Minister launches crop survey app for farmers

Minister launches crop survey app for farmers

Karnataka on Tuesday launched an app-based farmer crop survey to collect authentic information on crops being grown on more than two crore landholdings in the state.

"This is India's first such GPS-enabled app-based crop survey," Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda said, after launching the app.

The crop survey app will allow farmers themselves to upload details of the crops they are growing. "There are 2.7 crore landholdings in Karnataka and the Revenue department was tasked with collecting details of crops being grown. However, the collection of details stopped and the records of rights, tenancy and crops (RTCs) or Pahani documents do not reflect crop details," Gowda said.

For loans, insurance
Authentic information of crops will help farmers apply for loans, claim insurance and also get compensation from the government. "The app is linked to the Bhoomi land records. The crop information farmers upload through the app will reflect in the RTCs," Gowda said, adding that the app was so far being used only by officials and that nearly 45 lakh crop details had been captured.

Citizen Connect app
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's Citizen Connect app was also launched on the occasion. The app - available  on Android and iOS platforms - will allow citizens to reach out to the chief minister with suggestions and complaints. "The app provides details on government schemes, achievements, chief minister's speeches and blogs," chief minister's principal secretary L K Atheeq said.

Both apps have been designed in-house by the department of e-Governance.

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