IIT Mandi to develop voice based information service for Himachal farmers

Shimla: Agriculture department and Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi have tied up to provide extension services to farmers through mobile phones.

Secretary agriculture Ram Subagh Singh today let a group of farmers in Gopalpur area of Sarkhghat know that the department had talked to director IIT Mandi about developing a voice based model to be used through mobile phone for disseminating agriculture related information for farmers.

On a pilot basis, such a scheme had been launched in Chennai and it had shown promising results. The scheme was specifically beneficial for villages where broadband services were not available, said Singh.

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