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Odisha farmers to get Android smartphones


Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has decided to provide Android smartphones to farmers, informed Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare and Co-operation Minister Surjya Narayan Patro here today.

As many as 2,000 farmers of each district will get the smartphones for which Rs 3 crore will be spent, the minister told media.

A high level committee comprising of technical officials has been formed to work on the project, he added.

Earlier, the State government had provided free mobile phones to farmers under the scheme ‘Providing free mobile phone to farmers to access market information’ to enable them to have updated information on prices of agricultural commodity prevailing in the different market.

However, the latest move to distribute Android phones among farmers could be seen as another master stroke by the Naveen-led BJD government to woo the farmers ahead of the 2019 general elections.