Punjab launches ‘mobile app’ for custom hiring of agri implements
The Punjab government has decided to launch a mobile app to facilitate the farmers for custom hiring of costly agricultural implements required for post harvesting and preparation of fields for sowing next crops.
Chief secretary, cooperation, DP Reddy said “The aim is help the farmers in management of crop residue in the state, “ while making the announcement at a meeting held with officials of cooperative department and Punjab Remote Sensing Centre .
Reddy said data of all farmers and agricultural cooperative societies would be uploaded on the app. “The app will facilitate the farmers for custom hiring of agricultural implements from the village level cooperative society which are required during post harvesting to manage crop residue in the fields,” he added.
Reddy said burning of crops residue was causing huge environmental pollution in the state. All agriculturists would be able to access the information on availability of implements/machinery such as Rotavator, Paddy Straw Chopper Shredder, Happy Seeder, Mulcher, Baler etc. as well as tractors available for custom hiring from the nearest societies or obtainable from individual farmers, he added.
He said the app would be fully functional before the coming wheat harvesting season and help in saving the environment which was being affected by burning of crops residue.