Ongole had officially kick started the much awaited pilot e seed initiative. Celebrating the upcoming Rabi season, the farmers of Prakasam district received Bengal gram seeds.
The event was presided by district collector Sujata Sharma, along with Agriculture Joint Director J. Muralikrishna. They launched e seed pilot scheme using the ‘D-Krishi e-seed distribution android application.
How e Seed Program Works
The Aadhaar card number of a farmer is first keyed in, and all the details of the farmer, including acreage and number of seed bags eligible will be displayed. After the details are verified using the biometric device, the farmer will be sent a one-time password to his mobile with which the transactions are processed.
The pilot scheme that began with the Prakasam district is being implemented in four other districts to ensure transparency in distribution of seeds and prevent compromise.
So far, the department had positioned 60,000 quintals of indigenous JJ 11 and hybrid KAK 2 varieties for distribution. The Bengal gram acreage is likely to go up to 1.15 lakh hectares this year with many growers burning their fingers growing tobacco in the last two years, as explained by the Joint Director.