The second phase of ‘Maatir Katha’, the application to help our farmers in rural Bengal, made by the state Electronics Department WEBEL is ready to be launched by the end of this month.
After the successful run of the pilot project in six districts, the other districts will get the facility now. The project was announced by the state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the ‘Mati Utsab’ in February 2014.
‘Maatir Katha’ is an agriculture based portal involving five Departments which are Agriculture, Agricultural marketing, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Horticulture. Through this portal, useful information in different Agricultural Sectors are available to serve the citizens in West Bengal at grass root level, the official sources said here today.
The whole range of information as covered in this portal such as name and kind of seeds, availability,price and quality control of seeds, suggestions for Season / Area / Crop / variety wise cropping (based on crop calendar), different information related to Soil and Fertiliser, Cultivation Technique of different crops, crop diseases and their remedies, Agro-Climatic Zones and Schemes for cultivation of different crops.
Regular updation of the content and further addition of Sector wise information is done. Six districts, Nadia, Bardhaman, North 24 Parganas, Hooghly, Bankura and Jalpaiguri, were chosen for the pilot project and 172 KPS or Technical assistants were equipped with android devices.
These KPS are answering most of the queries of the farmers within a time frame of 24 to 72 hours. Farmers, with their queries ranging from crop types, prices and availability of seeds, insurance, crop diseases and even whether forecast are now readily getting their answers through this programme.
In the second phase the KPS from the 272 blocks in rest of the districts will be incorporated into this programme, sources added.