CUSTOM HIRING CENTRES (CHC) APP
What’s in news?
India’s agriculture ministry has developed a farm equipment rental app for Indian farmers, which lets them hire tractors, rotavator and other farm related machinery on rent for with flexible tenures.
- The app is reportedly similar to Uber and looks to bring a similar convenience to farmers.
- According to the report, 38K custom hiring centres or CHCs have been setup across India with the capacity to rent 2.5 Lakh farm equipment annually.
- A laser-guided land leveller harnesses technology to accurately flatten a field in a fraction of the time used by a traditional oxen-powered scraper.
- The Ministry of Agriculture, claims to have already completed successful trials in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Punjab.
- With more than 58% of the rural population relying on agriculture for sustenance, India currently ranks second globally in terms of farm output. However, the tech innovations in agriculture have been limited in our country.
- According to Inc42 DataLabs, the total funding in agritech startups in India has grown from $46.1 Mn (INR 320 Cr) 2017 to $66.6 Mn (INR 463 Cr) in 2018, which is still less than 10% of what sectors like E-Commerce and fintech have received in this period.
How it works?
- If we ask for a particular machinery, the app will show me the CHCs which have the equipment available within five, 20 and 50 km of my location, with their rates.
- The farmer then call the CHC or just use the app to book the equipment at a specific time and location, and it will turn up just like an Uber.
- The CHC app is already open for registrations by the farmers, societies and entrepreneurs who run these centres.
- So far, almost 26,800 CHCs have registered to offer more than one lakh pieces of equipment for hire.
- Once the app is officially launched, farmers who wish to hire equipment can register using their names, addresses and mobile numbers, and then punch in their requirements.
- The corresponding mobile app for this rental service is expected to be launched by the end of the August.
- The Ministry’s app will also create an invaluable database for policy-makers, who can track the use and cost of equipment.
- The system would also help to track the usage of new technology that the government wants to promote, such as the Happy Seeder that aims to prevent stubble burning that causes air pollution, or solar dryers that can help farmers process and preserve their produce.
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