Government has launched Kisan Rath mobile app to facilitate farmers and traders in identifying suitable transport services for the movement of farm produce amid COVID-19 lockdown.

Kisan Rath app will allow transportation of farm produce intra-mandi and inter-mandi to ensure seamless supply linkages between farmers, farmer produce organisations (FPOs), Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) mandis and intra-state and inter-state buyers.

The application is developed by the National Informatics Centre and will be facilitating farmers and traders in searching for transport vehicles for primary and secondary transportation for movement of agriculture and horticulture produce.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, primary transportation include movement from farm to mandis, food produce collection centre and warehouses while secondary transportation would include movement from mandis to intra-state and inter-state mandis, processing units, railway station, warehouses and wholesalers.

Highlighting the workings of the app, the ministry said that consignor including the farmer, FPOs, buyer/ trader will place a requirement for transportation which will be disseminated to transport aggregators in the market, who in turn interface with truckers and fleet owners for obtaining a competitive quote. Then the quote by truckers will be passed back to the consignor. After this, the consignor will directly negotiate off line with the trucker and finalise the deal.