By the end of this month, the Agriculture Department will have a rich database of farmers in the state, ready on its table.
Having wrapped up the farmers’ registration last month, the department is moving at a fast pace to transfer the data of nearly 15 lakh farmers who have listed their names in the register, to an online platform for easy compilation.
The online transfer of data from the 14, 50, 607 registrations which took place across the state is being helped out by Akshaya. The exclusive software for the online database has been created by National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the transfer of data is on.
‘’Once the database is ready, which we hope to conclude by the end of December, we will have a clear idea about the the total area under cultivation in the state, the major crops farmers are cultivating and the possible schemes that would help them out among other factors,’’ said R Ajith kumar, Director, Agriculture Department.
According to officials, the compilation of the data will reveal significant details about the trends in farming, the new crops that have claimed attention, crops whose cultivation is diminishing, the financial status of farmers, the projects that have proved useful to them and more.
Officials said that in future, the registered farmers would be automatically introduced into the e-governance initiatives of the department.
The initiative to take count of farmers in the state was kicked off in January 2012, mainly to take stock of the needs of the farmers and to help them financially.
Farmers were told that registering with the department would give them access to the various schemes implemented in the area and that it would be a direct linking of the farmer with the department.
Officials said that at the end of it all, the farmers would be issued identity cards too.
The state-wide campaign to get farmers registered was undertaken by the Krishi Bhavans and this ended on November 14.