Over 3 lakh MP farmers got solutions from Kisan Call Centre
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Last Updated: Monday, September 13, 2010, 19:50
Bhopal: A call centre set up to help farmers in Madhya Pradesh, dubbed the Kisan Call Centre, has resolved over three lakh problems within just two years of existence, as per a report.

In the past two years, the Kisan Call Centre received a total of 3,18,106 calls from farmers, including those situated in remote tribal areas, seeking solutions to problems related to agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry, the report by the Indian Society of Agriculture Professionals (ISAP), which sponsors the call centre, said.

The maximum number of queries were received from the Shivpuri and Shajapur districts. Farmers from the tribal- dominated districts of Betul, Anuppur, Singrauli and Shahdol also called the call centre to get their doubts cleared.

It was found that the 1,73,274 calls were related to agriculture crops, while 93,299 questions were about horticulture and 12,802 were related to animal husbandry.

Even though phone density is less in tribal-dominated districts, several farmers from far-flung villages had enough interest to call the centre to get their problems solved.

The Kisan Call Centre was set up in 2008 on the initiative of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan by the state Farmer Welfare and Agriculture Development Department.

During these two years, farmers from all 50 districts of the state called the Kisan Call Centre's toll-free number to speak to the available specialists.

Fifteen subject specialists were available in the call centre in two shifts to provide solutions to farmers' problems.

The Kisan Call Centre is being jointly run under the National Agriculture Development Project through a private- public partnership.


First Published: Monday, September 13, 2010, 19:50

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