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In order to harness the potential of ICT in Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture launched the scheme "Kisan Call Centres (KCCs)" on January 21, 2004. Main aim of the project is to answer farmers' queries on a telephone call in their own dialect. These call Centres are working in 14 different locations covering all the States and UTs. A countrywide common eleven digit Toll Free number 1800-180-1551 has been allotted for Kisan Call Centre. This number is accessible through mobile phones and landlines of all telecom networks including private service providers. Replies to the farmers' queries are given in 22 local languages.

Call center services are available from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm on all seven days of the week at each KCC location. Kisan Call Centre agents known as Farm Tele Advisor(FTAs), are graduates or above (i.e. PG or Doctorate) in Agriculture or allied (Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Poultry, Bee-keeping, Sericulture, Aquaculture, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Marketing, Bio-technology, Home Science etc. and possess excellent communication skills in respective local language.

Queries which cannot be answered by Farm Tele Advisor(FTAs) are transferred to higher level experts in a call conferencing mode. These experts are subject matter specialists of State Agriculture Departments, ICAR and State Agricultural Universities.

A Kisan Knowledge Management System (KKMS) to facilitate correct, consistent and quick replies to the queries of farmers and capture all the details of their calls, has been developed . Kisan Knowledge Management System (KKMS) has its independent web site http://dackkms.gov.in . The Kisan Call Centre (KCC) Agents working at various KCC locations throughout the country have access to this web site through their specific ID's & Pass-Word provided to them.

Kisan Call Centre Locations and Languages
Sl No Location States | UTs Covered Language
1. Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh Telugu
2. Patna Bihar | Jharkhand Hindi
3. Jaipur Delhi | Rajasthan Hindi
4. Ahmadabad/Anand Gujarat | Dadra & Nagar Haveli | Daman & Diu Gujarati | Goan
5. Chandigarh Haryana | Punjab | Chandigarh | Himachal Pradesh Hindi/Haryanvi | Punjabi | Hindi
6. Jammu Jammu & Kashmir Dogri, Kashmiri, Ladakhi
7. Bangalore Karnataka | Kerala | Lakshadweep Kannada | Malayalam
8. Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh | Chhattisgarh Hindi
9. Nagpur/Pune Maharashtra | Goa Marathi | Goan
10. Coimbatore Tamil Nadu | Puducherry | Andaman & Nicobar Tamil
11. Kanpur Uttar Pradesh | Uttarakhand Hindi
12. Kolkata West Bengal | Sikkim Bengali | Sikkimese
13. Bhubaneswar Orissa Oriya
14. Guwahati Arunachal Pradesh | Assam | Manipur | Meghalaya | Mizoram | Nagaland | Tripura Adi | Assamese | Manipuri | Khasi | Mizo | Nagamese | Bengali

 

Basic features of Kisan Call Centers (KCCs)

To harness the potential of ICT in Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture took a new initiative by launching the scheme “Kisan Call Centres (KCCs)” on January 21, 2004 aimed at answering farmers queries on a telephone call in farmers own dialect. These call Centres are working in 14 different locations covering all the States and UTs. This Scheme provides agriculture related information to the farming community through toll free telephone lines. A countrywide common eleven digit number 1800-180-1551 has been allotted for Kisan Call Centre. The number is accessible through all mobile phones and landlines of all telecom networks including private service providers. Replies to the farmers’ queries are given in 22 local languages. Calls are attended from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm on all seven days of the week at each KCC location. Kisan Call Centre agents known as Farm Tele Advisor(FTAs). who are graduates or above (i.e PG or Doctorate) in Agriculture or allied (Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Poultry, Bee-keeping, Sericulture, Aquaculture, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Marketing, Bio-technology, Home Science etc. offered by Agricultural/Horticultural/Veterinary Universities) disciplines and excellent communication skills in respective local language respond to the farmers queries instantly. Queries which cannot be answered by Farm Tele Advisor(FTAs) are transferred to higher level experts (Call Conferencing Experts) in a call conferencing mode. These experts are subject matter specialists of State Development Departments, ICAR and State Agricultural Universities.

Features of KCC

Restructured KCCs are now provide very reliable and efficient services due to following technological innovations and state of the art hardware/software tools:

  1. Voice/Media Gateways (IPPBX based decentralized system).
  2. Dedicated MPLS leased line network with dedicated bandwidth.
  3. Call barging to facilitate listeing of call conversation between Farm Tele Advisor and Farmer by the officer monitoring the quality of service provided by KCCs
  4. 100% Call recording And Retention of recorded calls for six months so that the call can be listened to in case of a complain.
  5. SMS to caller farmers providing a gist of advisories given to them on phone.
  6. Voice mail system for recording farmer’s queries during idle time of KCC or during call lines busy, with provision for call back to the caller.
  7. Soft phones in every personal computer with caller ID facility.
  8. Back up through Fixed Wireless Telephone (FWTs) in case of PRI failure.
  9. Up scaling the knowledge of CCAs by way of providing latest versions of guide books and booklets issued by the State Agricultural Department or the Agricultural Universities. Facility of video conferencing of each KCC for interaction of KCC agents with the Divisional/Zonal Level Officers of the State Agriculture and allied departments as well as on line monitoring for the working of KCCs.
  10. Provision for registering the farmers for receiving SMS messages on agri-advisories and mandi prices of different commodities as per their priority.

 

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