• India
  • Jul 17

Narendra Singh Tomar launches Kisan Sarathi app

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched an Information Communication and Technology (ICT) based platform Kisan Sarathi to support agriculture at the local level with a national perspective. 

Tomar also addressed the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) 93rd Foundation Day and award ceremony virtually. The minister is the chairman of ICAR. 

Highlights of Kisan Sarathi:

• The app was launched to facilitate farmers to get right information at right time in their desired language.

• Through this platform, officials at various levels can view and monitor daily activities such as farmer registration, live calls, messages, advisories given and pending. 

• Through this platform, farmers can interact and avail personalised advisories on agriculture and allied areas directly from the respective scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs). 

• Kisan Sarathi initiative will be highly valuable not only in addressing the location-specific information needs of the farmers but also in agricultural extension, education and research activities of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Indian Council of Agricultural Research

• The ICAR is an autonomous organisation under the department of agricultural research and education, ministry of agriculture and farmers’ welfare. 

• The ICAR has its headquarters in New Delhi.

• Formerly known as the Imperial Council of Agricultural Research, it was established on July 16, 1929, as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, in pursuance of the report of the Royal Commission on Agriculture.

• The council is the apex body for coordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture, including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences. 

• With 101 ICAR institutes and 71 agricultural universities spread across the country, this is one of the largest national agricultural systems in the world.

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