Top 10 Agricultural Mobile Apps for Farmers in 2021
By Pronami Chetia
Rural India is drastically moving towards digitalization and technology these days. As per reports of ‘The Rising Connected Consumer in Rural India’, a study by the Boston Consulting Group, this share of rural India has jumped to 48% by 2020. Moreover, while 58% of Indian households still depend on Agriculture as their most eminent source of livelihood, it’s time to give more focus on Digital Agriculture for a growing and prosperous India. "
Moreover, farming apps are the most convenient and useful medium to guide farmers in farming. It gives you the guideline for doing the proper scientific way of farming, crop cultivation, sowing or harvesting of any crop or vegetables. Farmers can easily solve their farming problems related to pest or insect attack or any problems which put them in a difficult situation.
A farming app can be the best friend of farmers in farming which can enhance their productivity without spending a single amount of money. You can easily download it from your Google play store without paying a single rupee.
Let’s know some of the best and reliable Agriculture Apps that are available in India along with regional languages. Links are given below to download.
Best Agriculture Apps for Farmers: Kisan Suvidha
It was launched by the PM Narendra Modi in 2016 to work towards the empowerment of farmers and the development of villages. The app design is neat and offers a user-friendly interface and provides information on current weather and also the forecast for the next five days, market prices of commodities/crops in the nearest town, knowledge on fertilizers, seeds, machinery etc. The option to to use the app in different languages makes it more widely accessible.
IFFCO Kisan Agriculture
Launched in 2015 and managed by IFFCO Kisan is a subsidiary of Indian Farmers’ Fertilizer Cooperative Ltd. Its aim is to help Indian farmers make informed decisions through customized information related to their needs. Moreover, the user can access a variety of informative modules including agricultural advisory, weather, market prices, agriculture information library in the form of text, imagery, audio, and videos in the selected language at the profiling stage. The app also offers helpline numbers to get in touch with Kisan Call Centre Services.
RML Farmer- Krishi Mitr
It’s a useful farming app where farmers can keep up with the latest commodity and mandi prices, precise usage of pesticides and fertilizers, farm and farmer related news, weather forecast and advisory. Moreover, it also provides agricultural advice and news regarding the government’s agricultural policies and schemes. As per the official, users can choose from over 450 crop varieties, 1300 mandis, and 3500 weather locations across 50,000 villages and 17 states of India. It is designed with specific tools to analyze or provide information on different aspects of farming habits.
It’s a government app launched in 2016 by the Union Agriculture Minister and aims to help farmers to get information about technologies developed by Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), which will help in increasing returns to farmers. The app also provides farmers with information related to new varieties of crops developed by Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), resource-conserving cultivation practices as well as farm machinery and its implementation will help in increasing returns to farmers.
It’s a total farmer-friendly app that provides complete information on Crop Production, Crop Protection, and all relevant agriculture allied services. It also enables farmers to access all the information related to “High value, low product” category crops from varieties, soil/ climate, harvesting and storage procedures. Moreover, an option to chat with experts, video-based learning, the latest news, online markets for fertilizers, insecticides, etc. are also available on this app.
It’s a wonderful app which helps farmers to calculate insurance premium for notified crops and provides information cut-off dates and company contacts for their crop and location. It works as a reminder and calculator for farmers about their insurance. It can also be used to get details of the normal sum insured, extended sum insured, premium details and subsidy information of any notified crop in any notified area. It is further linked to its web portal which caters to all stakeholders including farmers, states, insurance companies, and banks.
‘Kheti-Badi’ is a social initiative App which aims to promote and support ‘Organic Farming’ and provide important information/issues related to farmers in India. This app helps farmers to switch their chemical farming into organic farming. However, this app is currently only available in four languages(Hindi, English, Marathi, and Gujarati).
The app has been developed with an aim to keep farmers abreast of crop prices and discourage them to go for distress sales. Farmers can get information related to prices of crops in markets within 50km of their own device location using the AgriMarket Mobile App.
Shetkari Mitra is multi-functionalmobile app made for farmers in India. It provides information and knowledge about Governmental schemes, crop management, Agri Business & Guidelines,market ratesand success stories in agriculture.
Fasal Salah is an agro advisory mobile app that gives highly personalized farmer specific crop weather advisories to the Indian farmers.