Tribune News Service
New Delhi, April 17
Acting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suggestion for a truck aggregator to help transport farm produce to markets amid the lockdown, the Centre on Friday launched the Kisan Rath App bringing together 5 lakh trucks and 20,000 tractors.
The App, launched is by the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, is to bring together logistics service providers, who can extend transportation facility for movement of agricultural and horticultural produce from farms to regulated markets, Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) Centres, village haats/ GrAMS, warehouses, railway stations, airports, processing units, wholesale and retail markets etc.
The ‘Kisan Rath App’ will lead to onboarding of over 5 lakh trucks through transport aggregators as well as 20,000 tractors from farmer group run Custom Hiring Centers(CHCs), a senior official of the Ministry said.
"It will be a stepping stone towards the provision of timely transportation service at competitive rates for farmers and traders besides achieving a reduction in food wastage. This will also strengthen agricultural supply chain management during the COVID-19 pandemic," the official said.
Developed and supported by National Informatics Center (NIC) the ‘Kisan Rath App” can be accessed and downloaded from Google play store.
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