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Recently, the union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched the Agri-Insurance Sandbox Framework Platform SARTHI and Learning Management System (LMS) Platform for the farming community under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in Delhi.

About SARTHI Portal

  • Sandbox for Agricultural and Rural Security, Technology and Insurance (SARTHI) is the comprehensive digital insurance platform launched in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India.
  • It extends coverage to health, life, home, shop, agriculture implements, motor, and parametric products.
  • It can be accessed via the AIDE app available on Android App Store.
  • This ambitious endeavour, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, not only aims to safeguard farmers' livelihoods but also to fortify the resilience of the agricultural sector as a whole.
  • Significance
    • It marks a significant advancement beyond traditional crop insurance, offering a diverse array of products tailored to farmers' needs.
    • By expanding insurance coverage to include vital assets like tractor machinery, SARTHI empowers farmers to comprehensively mitigate risks, securing their livelihoods and fostering long-term sustainability in agriculture.

Other initiatives

  • Learning Management System (LMS)
    • It is developed in collaboration with the National E-Governance Division (NeGD).
    • Its primary goal is to provide stakeholders, including farmers, insurance companies, Government officials, state Government representatives, and participants in the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), with the essential skills and knowledge needed for efficient crop insurance and agricultural credit.
    • The LMS will facilitate training and knowledge sharing through interactive modules, personalized training programs, and accessible resources. Stakeholders can deepen their understanding of agricultural practices, crop insurance protocols, and financial mechanisms.

Q1) What is the United Nations Development Programme?

It is present in about 170 countries and territories, working to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. UNDP helps countries to develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress.

Source: Union Agriculture Minister Shri Arjun Munda unveils LMS, Krishi Rakshak Portal, Helpline (KRPH) – 14447, and SARTHI Portal for Agricultural Enhancement and Farmer Empowerment