Prez to launch agri-SMS-portal next week
New Delhi: An agri-portal that will provide information on weather forecast and advisories on disease outbreak to farmers will be launched by President Pranab Mukherjee here next week.
Officers can send SMS to farmers belonging to their area of jurisdiction or a part of it by accessing the website.
The Kisaan SMS portal, (www.Farmer.Gov.In) which will be launched on July 16, aims at reaching information, advisories and services through short message service (SMS) to more than 12 crore farmers across the country, an Agriculture Ministry statement said.
Farmers will need to register for this service by calling Kisaan Call Centre on the toll free number 1800-180-1551 or through the web portal, it said adding the peasants can also access the website directly.
From weather forecast to farm planning to marketing of the produce, such information will be given via SMS, it said.
Advisories and alerts on disease or pest outbreaks, selection of fertilisers and soil test results -- all farm assistance will be made available by the government to farmers, it added.
Officers of various departments, experts and scientists in research institutions and in the field will use this portal for disseminating information, giving topical and seasonal advisories and providing services through SMSs to farmers in their local languages, it said.