Technological Interventions for efficient Seeds Distribution during COVID-19 Pandemic
The ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal, Haryana has developed and deployed the Wheat varieties DBW187 (Karan Vandana) and DBW222 (Karan Narendra) in the farmers’ fields. The varieties have been handpicked by the wheat farmers’ of different states. The Institute used to sell its seed to the farmers by organizing the Kisan Melas in the previous years.
To supply the quality seed of recent Wheat and Barley varieties, viz., DBW187, DBW222, DDW47 and DWRB137, the Institute has created Wheat and Barley Seed Portal for the farmers. A farmer has just to fill his name, village, district and state and upload his Aadhar Card and select the variety and quantity of seed to be purchased. A One Time Password (OTP) will be sent to his registered Mobile No. with the ICAR-IIWBR, Karnal, Haryana.
Around 5,000 farmers from the different states like Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan have registered on the Portal during 15th September to 23rd September, 2020.
The Institute intimated the farmers about the collection of specific seeds on the designated date and time through bulk SMS from 17th October to 23rd October, 2020. The payment was received in the various digital modes like QR code, Net Banking or Card Swipe System.
More than 6,000 Kg seeds were provided to the farmers through this system. The farmers were really happy and satisfied to receive the seeds of recent varieties conveniently in the challenging time of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
(Source: Director, Indian Institute of Wheat & Barley Research, Karnal, Haryana)