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Soon, farmers can sell produce directly to buyers as postman will share field pictures

If all goes well, a postman can visit fields, take a snapshot of the crop yield for uploading on a platform that can enable a farmer to sell his produce directly to the buyers.

“A postman can visit a farm, click the picture of the farm and produce. This can be uploaded on a platform. This can serve as a place where a farmer can sell his product directly to the seller,” said Dr Y V N Krishna Murthy, Scientific Secretary, Indian Space Research Organisation.

The Department of Space is in talks with the Department of Posts if this could take place. If this becomes a reality, the move will not only help in weeding out the middleman, but also generate more income to the farmers for his produce.

A postman is well-versed with the an area he is allocated and is still a vital link in many rural parts.

The ministry is already working the DoP and has prepared a mobile app. It has also helped the DoP tag all the post offices in India. With this, information pertaining to any post offices and services it offers is gathered.

“Now, with this it would be possible to track the movements of a postman. In future this can help people track their packages,” Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office which looks after the Department of Space said.

“You never know. In times ahead, you could also have your parcels delivered with the help of drones,” A S Kiran Kumar, Secretary, Department of Space said.

Singh added that the DoS has also signed an Memorandum of Understanding with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) under which the ISRO will develop 3D models which will help in better planning for doing in any construction at the airport.

ISRO’s another top official V K Dadhwal, who is also the Director National Remote Sensing Centre, said they have chosen the Begumpet airport of Hyderabad and Port Blair as a pilot project. Following this, it will be replicated in other 46 airports across the country.

“AAI will help in providing scientific parameters for airports construction. It will also provide data on the landscape around the airports,” Singh said.DoS will also sign MoU with Postal Department where the space technology will be helpful in the tracking the movement of a parcel. ISRO will take Postal service in India to a new level, thus enabling the recipient to track the parcel and also decide the delivery time, Singh said.
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