E-krishi Project has the potential to change the State's agriculture scenario A major technology-driven intervention has been on in the farm sector over the last two years under the aegis of the Kerala State IT Mission to map farmers located in far-off corners of the State and to provide them with crucial production and marketing linkages.
The project web site, e-krishi.org, becomes a platform for farmers to get a variety of farm-related information ranging from the best agriculture practices to commodity prices. The web site also facilitates trading in agriculture commodities.
The project is already under implementation on a pilot basis in Malappuram district. It has created a network of 12,500 farmers there with links to more than 100 institutional buyers.
The project is financed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and supervised by the National Institute of Smart Government (NISG), Hyderabad. It is the only agriculture project among the 14 projects taken up under the Information and Communication Technology for Development programme of the UNDP in India.