Farmers in Punjab to get android phones

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Punjab government is considering equipping 600000 of its small farmers with android mobiles under Kissan Package with the objective to keep them aware of weather updates and agriculture department’s plans and policies.

The provincial government is likely to make announcement of providing 600000 mobiles to the farmers in the upcoming budget. The android mobiles are being given to keep farmer updated on the utility and rates of agriculture inputs including seeds and fertilizers as well as of weather.

The mobiles will have apps which will update the farmers on latest agriculture technologies and incentives being announced by the Punjab government for farmers.

The policy will be that the farmers having maximum 12.5 acres of land will be eligible to get Android mobiles.  Punjab government has earmarked Rs 50 billion for Kissan package and android mobiles to the small farmers are part of the same package.

Moreover, Punjab government is also working on providing interest-free loans to small farmers. Chief Secretary Punjab Cap (r) Zahid Saeed informed that they are negotiating with the Asian Development Bank for loan while also engaged a number of local banks including Punjab Bank, for providing interest free loans to the small farmers.

He claimed that Punjab government would pay the interest against loans being given to the farmers by the banks.

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