Agri Business

CDFI lines up apps for farmers

G NAGA SRIDHAR Hyderabad | Updated on January 08, 2018 Published on October 26, 2017

Going digital: The applications will enable farmers to carry out transactions in an efficient manner. - Photo: R V Moorthy

Our aim is to provide end-to-end digital modules to cover a range of activities/requirements for farmers, including e-marketing: Krishnan Dharmarajan, Executive Director, CDFI

The Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion (CDFI) has come out with a slew of mobile-based digital applications to help farmers conduct their transactions in a seamless manner.

“We are developing a digital module to help farmers share and use farm equipment through Farmer Produce Organisations (FPOs),” Krishnan Dharmarajan, Executive Director, CDFI, told BusinessLine.

Similarly, an application is also being developed for the purchase of inputs by farmers.

“Our aim is to provide end-to-end digital modules to cover a range of activities/requirements for farmers, including e-marketing,” said Dharmarajan.

CDFI, established in 2014 at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai, has already been piloting an integrated cashless digital platform to bring the farming community to the centrestage in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, while supporting a technology solution to fund and track rural projects.

Another pilot is also in progress in Telangana to infuse transparency in the delivery of nutrition across anganwadis. There is also a technology platform to support a nation-wide welfare scheme for pregnant and lactating mothers.

Referring to the existing digital initiatives such as Aadhaar, Dharmarajan, said: “All these are building blocks which can be used to create customised digital solutions for different stakeholders.”

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Published on October 26, 2017
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