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  • Overview

    Information Technology Overview

    Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare aims to improve awareness and knowledge efficiency of farmers. A comprehensive ICT strategy has, therefore, been developed not only to reach out to farmers in an easy and better way but also for planning and monitoring of schemes so that policy decisions can be taken at a faster pace and farmers can be benefited quickly. To empower different sections of rural areas, different ICT strategies have been devised:

    a). Those who have access to digital infrastructure can get the information through websites/web portals.

    b). Those who have smart phones can access the same information through mobile apps.

    c). Those who have basic phones, can get this information through SMS advisories sent by experts.

    d). To get the personalized information; farmers can call at the toll free number of Kisan Call Centre – 18001801551.

  • Programmes & Schemes

    Strengthening of IT Apparatus in Agriculture and Cooperation in the States and Union Territories (AGRISNET)

    Strengthening/ Promoting Agricultural Information System: To promote e-Governance in Agriculture at the Centre and to provide support to States/UTs for the same, DAC is implementing this Central Sector Scheme. The scheme has the following components:

    • IT apparatus at DAC Headquarters, field offices and Directorates
      Under the DACNET Project, the Directorates/field units have been provided basic infrastructure which has helped in achieving e-readiness.
    • Development of Agricultural Informatics and Communication

    DAC has developed around 80 portals, applications and websites (primarily in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre) covering both the headquarters and its field offices/directorates. The important portals include Farmers’ Portal SEEDNET, DACNET, AGMARKNET (prices and arrivals in Mandis), RKVY (Rashtriya Krishi VikasYojana), ATMA, NHM (National Horticulture Mission), INTRADAC, NFSM (National Food Security Mission) and APY (Acreage, Productivity and Yield). DAC is getting online data entry done right from the District level at least, so as to expedite generation of requisite queries & reports in an efficient manner.

    Under this Scheme, funds are provided to State/UTs for computerization down to Block level. Funds to 26 states have been released under AGRISNET to achieve the objective of providing computers up to Block level. State specific software packages have been developed to disseminate information to the farmers. Availability of requisite hardware and locally suitable software packages has resulted in quick retrieval of data, dissemination of information to farmers and provision of farmer centric services to farmers. The States/UT’s which have availed assistance under the Scheme are Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Assam, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Maharashtra, Punjab, Orissa, Mizoram, Kerala, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry , Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Bihar, and Manipur.

    The Kisan Call Centre (KCC) initiative aims to provide information to the farming community through toll-free telephone lines (telephone No. 18001801551). Information Technology Under this project, call centre facilities have been extended to the farmers through call centres located in different states so that farmers can get the information in their own language. Recently KCCs have been further revamped by consolidation and appointing a new service provider for KCC to set up state of the art KCCs at 14 identified locations.

    National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGP-A):

    The Mission Mode Project has been introduced during last phase of the 11thplan to achieve rapid development of agriculture in India through the use of ICT for ensuring timely access to agriculture related information for the farmers of the country. Information Technology There are a number of current IT initiatives/schemes undertaken or implemented by DAC which are aimed at providing information to the farmers on various activities in the agriculture value chain. These initiatives will be integrated so that farmers would be able to make proper and timely use of the available information. Such information is intended to be provided to farmers through multiple channels including Common Service Centers, Internet Kiosks and SMSs. 12 clusters of services have been identified and the project has been sanctioned for implementation in 7 States i.e. Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The services include Information on Pesticides, Fertilizers & Seeds, Soil Health; Information on crops, farm machinery, training and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs); Weather advisories; Information on prices, arrivals, procurement points, and providing interaction platform; Electronic certification for exports & import; Information on marketing infrastructure; Monitoring implementation / evaluation of schemes & program; Information on fishery inputs; Information on irrigation infrastructure; Drought Relief and Management; Livestock Management. First phase of the Project is being implemented for a sum of Rs. 227.79 crores.

  • ICT (including NeGP-A) Guidelines

    ICT (including NeGP-A) Guidelines
    Revised SMS Policy July 2020
    Revised NeGPA guidelines dated 2.6.2020
    Revised Guidelines(Consolidated)
  • Attached Offices

    Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre
  • Contact Details

    Contact Details of Officers of Information Technology Division are as under:
    Joint Secretary Sh. Vivek Aggarwal 011-23381176
    Director Shri Vijay Rajmohan 2338 6681
    Under Decretary Shri Rakesh Singh Nayal 011-23382926
    Section Officer Shri Chandan Kumar 011-23073654
  • National Workshop on ICT Applications in Agriculture held on 19 & 20 June, 2014 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi

    Workshop Presentations and Working Groups Recommendations

    Six Working Groups headed by the Joint Secretaries concerned deliberated for long hours on the topics given to them by dividing themselves among sub-groups wherever necessary. The discussion focused on existing systems and approaches, identification of best practices from the States/Central Organizations and up-scaling/integration of pioneering efforts. Following main presentations were made during deliberations of the Conference and its Working Groups:-

    Working Groups and further details
    Working Group Subject
    Working Group 1 Licensing Applications for Fertilisers, Seeds and Pesticides and related aspects of availability, pricing etc.
    Working Group 2 Soil Testing (Soil Health Card) and STCR application, Agricultural Statistics
    Working Group 3 Seed Availability Application and Fertilizer Quality Control & Farm Machinery and Fund Flow Mechanism
    Working Group 4 Farmers’ Portal and SMS portal
    Working Group 5 Training Applications and Agricultural Extension
    Working Group 6 Other NeGP-A Services (including Drought, Irrigation, Marketing, Fisheries, AH)

    The workshop was inaugurated by Shri Ashish Bahuguna, Secretary (Agriculture & Cooperation) and Shri R.S. Sharma, Secretary, DeitY. During his inaugural address, Secretary DeitY laid emphasis on use of scalable systems and regular updation of data. He also exhorted the participants to use crowd sourcing for building FAQs, Knowledge-base and other Data-bases by making common public contribute. He also highlighted the thrust given by the Government of India to cloud-computing, open-source software and interoperability. He suggested State Agriculture Portal which could be customized for various States. The Secretary (Agriculture & Cooperation) emphasized that end product should be made simple and technology should be governed by end user feedback. The data created by one window of ICT should be available to all others. For instance, a large percentage of calls received in Kisan Call Centres relate to pests and diseases. This information should be made available to researchers, academia and even common public. There ought to be enough dialogue with the State Governments to keep the efforts mainstreamed.

    Before this, while giving an overview of ICT initiatives in Agriculture & Allied sectors in the country Shri Sanjeev Gupta, Joint Secretary (Extn. & IT) in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation explained the concept of USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Services Data) with an illustration of identification of appropriate machinery along with its source. He also explained basic features of Farmers’ Portal and SMS Portal. He elaborated as to how nearly 100 crore SMS messages had been sent to the farmers in 11 months based on location and priorities of crop/agriculture practices of various farmers. New value added features such as supervisory control, user level delivery reports, graphical dashboard etc. were also explained. In case of Farmers’ Portal drill down approach down to the block level along with choice of appropriate crop and all relevant information related thereto were also demonstrated live. The gathering was informed that Agriculture is number 1 among all the Central Government Ministries and Organizations by a wide margin in e-Taal Portal of the Department of Electronics & Information Technology. Approval of NeGP-A in all the States with a total value of Rs. 874 crores was also announced. Before this, Dr. Ranjana Nagpal, DDG, NIC welcomed the guests and elaborated on objectives of the workshop and services to be rolled out in NeGP-A. She assured that NIC will do its best to develop application software packages in keeping with the timelines laid down by the Department.

    National Workshop on ICT Applications in Agriculture held on 19 & 20 June, 2014 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi

    A National Workshop on ICT Applications in Agriculture was held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 19 & 20 June, 2014. The response from participants from the entire country was overwhelming. In fact, nearly 220 participants from State Departments of Agriculture and Allied Sectors in 17 States, State Units of NIC, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, State Agriculture Universities, Indian Space Research Organization, Insurance Companies took part in deliberations. Besides, this representatives of Agro-Industries and Progressive Farmers also made valuable contributions during deliberations of the 6 Working Groups on the following subjects :-

  • National Workshop on ICT Application on Agriculture and Minutes of Meeting held in DAC

    National Workshop on ICT Application on Agriculture and Minutes of Meeting held in DAC
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