Odisha government to provide smartphones to farmers

Bhubaneswar: The State government has now decided to provide smartphones to farmers across Odisha. The move is aimed at providing regular updates regarding best practices in farming, agricultural production, weather conditions and other crucial information to the farmers in a more convenient manner.

Civil Supplies and Cooperation Minister, Surya Narayan Patro on Friday informed that smartphones will be provided to nearly 2,000 farmers in each district.

“Already a budgetary provision of Rs 3 crore has been made for providing smartphones to farmers in Odisha,” said Patro.

A high-level committee has also been formed for successful implementation of the scheme.

Earlier last year, Odisha government had provided around 60,000 mobile phones to farmers through Regulated Marketing Committees (RMCs).

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Under the scheme, the farmers are being provided updates in Odia language on prevailing market prices of different agricultural produce.

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