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Agriculture Dept Introduces QR Code for Seed Distribution to Curb Seed & Fertiliser Misuse

The introduction of the QR code system marks a significant step forward in the Department of Agriculture's mission to promote transparency and accountability in seed distribution.

Shivam Dwivedi
Agriculture Dept Introduces QR Code for Seed Distribution to Curb Seed & Fertiliser Misuse (Photo Source: Pixabay)
Agriculture Dept Introduces QR Code for Seed Distribution to Curb Seed & Fertiliser Misuse (Photo Source: Pixabay)

In an effort to combat the misuse of seeds and fertilizers, the Department of Agriculture has implemented a groundbreaking QR code system during the distribution of seeds. The department claims to be the first to introduce such a system, providing farmers with seeds through the innovative K-Kissan software.

The newly implemented QR code system aims to accurately determine the volume of seeds required for distribution under the subsidy program. Leveraging the existing farmer land details stored in the K-Kissan software, department officials can access comprehensive information by simply inputting the Farmer's Identity (FID) number. The software then calculates the exact quantity of seeds needed for each farmer.

BH Veerabhadrappa, the assistant director of the Department of Agriculture, expressed his enthusiasm for the QR code system, highlighting its effectiveness since its introduction in April. The system effectively addresses the issues of counterfeit seeds and illegal seed storage, providing a streamlined process for seed distribution.

Veerabhadrappa stated that the QR code system has made seed distribution more convenient than ever before due to digitization. He mentioned that they now have immediate access to all seed and farmer information, which enables them to monitor seed availability, track sold-out products, and maintain a real-time stock count as part of this upgraded system.

Additionally, Veerabhadrappa revealed that the department has been distributing seeds for 2.5 hectares of agricultural land to each farmer. However, some farmers with larger land holdings have been exploiting the system by using other farmers' FID numbers to obtain additional subsidized seeds.

This misuse has been a persistent challenge, as the option to acquire seeds under different farmers' names has provided an avenue for exploitation. The assistant director explained that farmers will now receive a message upon using their FID or Aadhar number while purchasing seeds at the Raitha Samparka Kendras, ensuring greater accountability.

The implementation of the QR code system brings further advantages, allowing for detailed information about seeds and crop observations. By scanning the QR code, farmers can easily track the origin of the seeds they have utilized on their land, enabling better monitoring and management of their crops.

Siddalingappa Kalkoti, a farmer from Koradur village, expressed his appreciation for the Department of Agriculture's efforts in introducing the improved seed distribution system. He commented that he was thankful to the officers for launching the hassle-free digital system.

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