Karnataka launches Aadhar-based, single-window digital registration for farmers to avail of govt benefit schemes

The Karnataka government has launched an Aadhar-based, single-window digital registration for various government schemes to guarantee that farmers have simple access to benefits granted under various government schemes. Agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, revenue, food, civil supplies, and fisheries sectors of the state government are all included in the effort.

The software – christened FRUITS – facilitates single registration utilising an Aadhar card and Karnataka’s Bhoomi digitised land record system for authenticating ownership.

Farmers can benefit from a variety of schemes, including Direct Benefit Transfer under PM Kisan Yojna, payment for Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for crops, special financial assistance, caste certificate authentication, and ration cards, thanks to the creation of a single digital identification through FRUITS.

“The software allows several departments to access information on farmers through a single platform, ensuring greater targeting and efficacy in the implementation of the schemes,” said Shakeel Ahmed, Karnataka’s joint director of horticulture.

The Karnataka government uses FRUITS data to create a GIS-based mobile app that records soil health and crop condition data for three crop seasons: summer, Kharif, and Rabi. This information is gathered by local youth who have been trained in the use of mobile applications for the state’s more than 2.1 crore agricultural plots.

This aids in the accurate measurement of the output of various crops like as paddy, ragi, jowar, tur, Bengal gram, groundnut, and copra, as well as crop surveys for crop insurance settlements. More than 7.8 million farmers have signed up for FRUITS software, with over 6.2 million of them registering their land information. Several landless dairy farmers have also signed up for benefits through the common digital platform, particularly the Rs 4 per litre subsidy offered to farmers for milk procured by the Karnataka Milk Federation.

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