Rythu Bharosa Kendras

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    An Ethiopian delegation is in Andhra Pradesh (AP) to study the first-of-its kind Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs), which have been set up by the Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government.

    About Rythu Bharosa Kendras

    • They are set up for the first time in the country and they  are unique seeds-to-sales, single-window service centres for farmers that have been set up across the state.
    • They are a one-stop solution to all farmers’ needs and grievances. 
    • The Centre has recently nominated the RBK concept for the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s “Champion’’ award.
    • Features : They sell pre-tested quality seeds, certified fertilisers and animal feed.
      • Farmers can purchase or hire farm equipment, and even sell their produce at the prevailing MSP in the RBKs.
      • They also provide services like soil testing and make recommendations — on which crops to sow, and quantity and type of fertiliser to be used.
      • They also assist in selling their produce at MSPs, through supporting systems of e-cropping, geo-tagging, and the CM App through which payments are made to farmers. 
    • Benefits :  They facilitate interaction between farmers, agriculture scientists, and agriculture extension officers right at the village level. Apart from providing services and items for sale, RBK officials demonstrate new farm equipment and provide training to farmers.
      • The RBKs have been responsible for elimination of spurious seeds and uncertified and dangerous fertilisers, which can cause crop damage and failures.

    Source:IE