Farmers in Karnataka will soon be able to rent farm equipment such as tillers, harvesters and tractors with the help of Agri App which will be launched by the state government keeping in mind the e-governance agenda of the Centre.
The functioning of the app will be similar to that of an Ola or Uber, using which the equipments will be given for rent on an hourly or daily basis. The idea is to deliver technology to the farmers at their doorstep and also reduce the cost they bear.
Apart from facilitating door-step services to the farmers, the app will also benefit them by providing the equipment at 20-25 per cent lesser cost in comparison to the prices prevailing in the market. For example, a tractor which usually bears an average rent of Rs 500 per hour, can be availed at a cost of t Rs 300-350 once the app is launched.
Keeping in mind the lack of tech-knowledge of the farmers, the government may also launch a toll-free number for facilitating similar services.
The Karnataka Government has roped in some of the leading tractor manufacturers to help farmers. It has also tied up with a few non-profit entities to set up 175 custom hire service centres, in each taluk of the state, where farm machinery will be available on rent. These centres are expected to come up in the next three months.