What are Rythu Bharosa Kendras that are being visited by an Ethiopian delegation?

Source: The post is based on the article “What are Rythu Bharosa Kendras that are being visited by an Ethiopian delegation?” published in the Indian Express on 14th October 2022.

What is the News?

An Ethiopian delegation led by the country’s Agricultural Minister is in Andhra Pradesh (AP) to study the first-of-its kind Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs).

What are Rythu Bharosa Kendras?

The RBKs 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. For instance, 1)  RBKs sell pre-tested quality seeds, certified fertilisers and animal feed, 2) Farmers can purchase or hire farm equipment, and even sell their produce at the prevailing MSP in the RBKs, 3) RBKs provide services like soil testing and make recommendations — on which crops to sow, and the quantity and type of fertiliser to be used, 4) The state government also pays crop insurance, procures grains and makes payments to farmers through the RBKs.

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How RBKs are helpful for farmers?

RBKs facilitate a) Interaction between farmers, agriculture scientists, and agriculture extension officers right at the village level, b) Demonstrate new farm equipment and provide training to farmers, c) Elimination of spurious seeds and uncertified and dangerous fertilisers, which can cause crop damage and failures, d) Assist in selling their produce at MSPs, through supporting systems of e-cropping, geo-tagging, and the CM App and e) Suggestions and advice will be given to farmers on agriculture and related areas like horticulture, sericulture, veterinary, fisheries and marketing related technical queries through scientists and experienced call centre executives.

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How does the RBKs are recognised?

-The Centre has recently nominated the RBK concept for the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s “Champion’’ award.

-Several agrarian countries are expressing interest in understanding the RBK concept and seeking to implement it in their countries.

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