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Helpline for Weather Updates to Farmers

Following helpline number shave been started by the Government to give weather updates to the farmers:

i.<span “times=”” new=”” roman”`=””>       Toll free helpline number 1800 180 1717of the India Meteorological Department has been operational since July 2000 providing weather updates to the farmers in selected Indian cities/towns over Inter active Voice Response System (IVRS).

ii.<span “times=”” new=”” roman”`=””>     The farmers also call on the Kisan Call Centres (KCCs) over toll free helpline number 1800 180 1551 to get reply to their queries pertaining to agriculture and allied sectors including weather updates. The Farm Tele Advisors (FTAs) deployed in the KCCs (launched by the Ministry of Agriculture   since January, 2004) located at 14 places in the country covering all the States and Union Territories, respond to the farmers all 7 days a week from 6.00 A.M. to 10.00 P.M. in their language of the State. The KCCs were restructured from May 2012 with state of the art technology leading to a steep increase in call flow over the past two years.  More than 1.49 crore calls have been registered at the KCCs till 31.03.2014 since inception out of which 45 lakh calls were attended successfully during 2013-14 alone.

     The weather information and related agro-met advisories, disseminated through KCCs and IMD’s IVRS service facilitate the farmers in taking decisions on their day-to-day farm operations. Timely and accurate action on these operations ultimately helps the farmers in minimizing losses due to vagaries of weather. Agro-met advisories & weather forecast are also provided free of cost to farmers through SMS Portal for Farmers.

This information was given today by Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in a written reply to Lok Sabha questions.

GG:SS:CP: helpline (lok) 12-08-2014