West Bengal government to send SMS to farmers to inform about buying of crops

Details to be communicated through SMS include from when the Government would start buying crops, at what price and at which place.

Published: 28th July 2018 11:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th July 2018 11:20 AM   |  A+A-

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (Photo | File)

By UNI

KOLKATA: From August, the West Bengal Government has decided to communicate all details regarding its buying of paddy and others crops from farmers through SMS.

This would make things much easier for farmers.

Details to be communicated through SMS include from when the Government would start buying crops, at what price and at which place.

For buying crops, camps are held in all concerned blocks, overseen by the block's Agriculture Department official.

This SMS project is a joint venture of the Agriculture and Food & Supplies Departments.

Last year, during the camps, the Agriculture Department had collected the mobile phone numbers from farmers.

A total of 17 lakh numbers have been collected.

Now that database is being put to use.

Last year, the Government had bought 32 lakh metric ton (MT) of paddy from farmers.

This year, the target is 40 lakh MT.

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