Centre plans 12-digit unique ID for farmers, to aid easy access to schemes

20th Sep,2021

Centre plans 12-digit unique ID for farmers, to aid easy access to schemes

According to a senior official of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare the government has started to generate 12-digit unique IDs for farmers that can be used to aid farm-related services under various schemes “seamlessly”.

Aggarwal, who heads the Ministry’s Digital Agriculture Division, said that the intention is to develop a unified farmer service interface. The unique ID will enhance them to seamlessly avail various Government schemes and credit facilities, and help the Centre and state governments in better planning of procurement operations.

The official said that We have started internally creating unique farmer IDs and once we are ready with the database of 8 crore farmers, we will launch this.

Till now, the database has been developed for 11 states, including Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.

The remaining states, including Telangana, Kerala and Punjab, will be encompassed in the coming months, he added.

For this, Aggarwal said, a database is being developed from present schemes such as PM-Kisan, Soil Health Card and PM Fasal Bima Yojana. He said that All farmer data in Central schemes will be attached to land record details available with state governments. Aadhaar will be used as a deduplication mechanism.

In addition to this , linkage of land parcels through a Geographical Information System (GIS), where maps are digitised by states, will be used. According to Aggarwal, GIS data of land parcels will assist farmers in getting precise advisories.

The idea to issue such an ID to farmers, and the creation of a database, was put forward during the Chief Ministers’ Conference earlier this month. On September 6, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said that his Ministry has developed a database of 5.5 crore farmers and it will be increased to 8 crore by this December.

Currently, as part of its digital mission, the Agriculture Ministry recruited MoUs with 10 private companies, including CISCO, Ninjacart, Jio Platforms, ITC and NCDEX e-Markets Ltd (NeML), and Microsoft, Star Agribazaar, Esri India Technologies, Patanjali and Amazon.