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New app is latest attempt by government to bring technology to farmers

By RJ Whitehead , 30-Mar-2016

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India’s agriculture minister has launched a mobile app to provide farmers with information relating to best cultivation practices, resource conservation, and new varieties of crops and farm machinery.

According to Radha Mohan Singh, the Pusa Krishi app will “fulfil prime minister Narendra Modhi’s call for taking technology from lab to land” while the government works towards empowering farmers through various initiatives.

Singh was speaking at a three-day farmers fair in New Delhi to celebrate the contribution of India’s farmers to agriculture.

The announcement follows the launch earlier this month by Modhi of another app, which provides data on weather and market prices as well as information on managing crop pests and diseases.  

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