Government launches vernacular agriculture-based app ‘Meghdoot’ for farmers

The ministries of Earth Sciences and Agriculture have launched ‘Meghdoot‘, a mobile application to provide location, and crop and livestock-specific weather -based agro advisors to farmers in local languages.

The step has been taken in order to accelerate the Digital India initiative, and make farmers technology friendly.

Developed by the India Meteorological Department and Indian Institute of Tropical meteorology and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the app was introduced by the minister for Earth Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan at a launch.

The app ‘Meghdoot’ will provide forecast to farmers relating to temperature, rainfall, humidity, and wind speed and direction, which play critical roles in agricultural operations and how to take care of the crops and livestock.

The service would be in use for 150 districts in different parts of the country. It will be extended to rest of the country in a phased manner over the next one year. The app is available on Google Play Store and App Store.

The users will have to register their name and location so that they can get area specific information.

Furthermore, to make app easy to access and use, it would provide information in the form of images, maps and pictures to help the farmer to have a clearer picture of what is in store.

The app has been integrated with WhatsApp and Facebook as well to help farmers share information among themselves. It will also be integrated with YouTube in the future.

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