E Crop is a digital crop booking platform launched by the Department of Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh. It allows farmers to book their crops online and receive a variety of services, including:
- Crop selection: Farmers can choose from a variety of crops to grow, based on their land type, irrigation source, and market conditions.
- Input procurement: Farmers can purchase seeds, fertilizers, and other inputs at discounted prices through the e-Crop platform.
- Crop insurance: Farmers can purchase crop insurance to protect themselves against financial losses due to crop failure.
- Credit access: Farmers can access loans from banks and other financial institutions through the e-Crop platform.
- Market linkages: Farmers can connect with buyers to sell their produce at a fair price.
To register for the Ap E-Karshak program in 2023, farmers must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Aadhaar Card Mandate: Farmers must possess an Aadhaar card as registration requires an Aadhaar number.
- Crop Registration under Cultivator’s Name: Farmers must register their crops under their own names as cultivators.
- Crop Information Submission: Upon registration, farmers must provide detailed information about their crops.
- Thumb Impression and Credentials: Registration necessitates providing a thumb impression and necessary credentials.
- Geotagged Crop Photos: Farmers must upload geotagged photos of their cultivated crops.
- Daily Registration Limit: As per the agricultural department, only 70 to 100 crop registrations are allowed per day in Andhra Pradesh.
- Data Usage: The Andhra Pradesh government will utilize this information solely for crop insurance claims, compensation disbursement in case of crop damage, and related purposes.
Benefits of using the e-Crop platform
- Convenience: Farmers can book their crops and access a variety of services from the comfort of their homes.
- Transparency: The e-Crop platform provides farmers with transparent pricing for inputs and outputs.
- Efficiency: The e-Crop platform helps to streamline the crop booking and procurement process, making it more efficient for both farmers and government agencies.
- Reduced costs: Farmers can save money on input costs and crop insurance premiums by using the e-Crop platform.
- Increased income: Farmers can earn more money by selling their produce through the e-Crop platform.
The e-Crop platform is a valuable tool for farmers in Andhra Pradesh. It has helped to improve the efficiency and profitability of agriculture in the state.