Food & Agri

App on West Bengal agriculture to start by August end

Saturday, Aug 2, 2014,13:11 IST By metrovaartha A A A

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.