Our Focus

Focus of “Namma Raitha” Project from eKisaan foundation is to “Educate, Engage & Empower” our farming community. Namma Raitha is an intuitive interactive farmer's platform, with multi language support, that acts as a catalyst to engage farmers, share best practices among farmers and facilitate higher interaction in the process.

As part of this “Namma Raitha” project, information will be shared in an interactive manner with our farming community. This information falls broadly into 3 categories – Crop related, Real-time information, Benefits & policies. In addition Namma-Raitha platform focusses to continuously engage/interact with farmers bringing right SMEs as needed to make an immediate positive impact to farmers.

Namma Raitha is a platform that will act as a catalyst to share best practices among farmers and facilitate higher interaction. In addition this project also aims at providing educational & basic healthcare info to farmer’s families.


 

 

About us

India has a long tradition in farming. For centuries farmers have been the backbone of our economy. we believe enabling and empowering our farmers and their immediate family will have a significant positive impact to our economy and society as whole. Appropriate information sharing (Educate), and engaging the farmers empowers them.

eKisaan foundation is a not-for-profit organization. We focus on leveraging technology to improve agriculture, health, nutrition & eductation.

We believe in simpler solutions to address common challenges. Existing ideas combined with new techniques provide effective solutions.We believe everyone has ideas, that can make a difference. If you would like to contribute to this project, mail us your ideas with your contact details, we look forward to hearing from you.


 

OUR PROGRAMS

Two projects are currently underway from eKisaan foundation - "Namma Raitha" and "Namma Halli - Smart Village".


Namma Raitha

"Namma Raitha" project is an initiative to empower farmers and their family members. Namma Raitha is the first project from eKisaan foundation.

Namma Raitha is an intuitive interactive farmer's platform, with multi lingual support, that acts as a catalyst to engage farmers, share best practices among farmers and facilitate higher interaction in the process. As part of “NammaRaitha” project, information is shared in an interactive manner with our farming community. This information falls broadly into 3 categories – Crop related, Real-time information, Benefits & policies.

In addition Namma-Raitha platform focusses to continuously engage/interact with farmers bringing right SMEs as needed to make an immediate positive impact to farmers. This mobile Namma Raitha platform is live since Jan 2015 with a dedicated farmer-help-center, serving 2 districts encompassing 1300 villages and 20,000 farmers. Feedback from our farmers has been very encouraging A working model is currently available and is being refined continuously with valuable inputs from farming community. We see "Namma Raitha" to be the farmer's forum & platform that will act as a catalyst to share best practices among farmers and facilitate higher interaction.

This ICT for Agri project, Namma Raitha, includes the following for our farmers:
a. Two-way communication and information aggregation & curation. b. Localized information, as its most valuable. c. Personalized recommendation. d. Iterative learning. e. Agricultural skills building. f. Leverage Big data and cloud technologies to benefit farmers.

We would not have been here today without the support and guidance from our subject matter experts: Bagalkot Horticulture university, Karnataka Agriculture University, Dharwad. Raichur Agriculture University, Raichur. Animal husbandry college, Bangalore. Chandana TV(Doordarshan). Digital Green, Bangalore. Progressive & Enthusiastic farmers. Numerous Volunteers, well-known educationalists & physicians.

This absolutely would not have been possible without our sponsors and we are very grateful to them, for giving us the strength to make this project come to life. We believe everyone has ideas, that can make a difference. If you would like to contribute to this project, contact us with your details and areas of interest.


Namma Halli - Smart Village

With the dream of Mahatma Gandhi’s Gram Swarajya, Smart Village - an initiative program from eKisaan Foundation has been launched on August 15, 2015 for rural development. A small step towards fulfilling basic needs to our village population.

eKisaan’s Smart-Village’s vision is to “Enhance, Engage and Empower” our villages. Our Approach is to “Enhance touch points, actively Engage all people & their by Empower our village community”, with a goal to noticeably increase living standards and provide easy access to basic facilities for village population in a sustainable way

To enhance our villages, it’s a combination of upgrading/changing the existing infrastructure to meet current needs and in parallel get them connected, so that regular monitoring of these villages can happen they by necessary interventions can happen from various agencies. This smart-village framework is based on a scalable, flexible and customizable framework called “WHEEL”. This framework focusses on 5 key areas – Water, Health, Education, Energy & Land.

Badagandi village in Bilagi taluk is chosen as the pilot village for this initiative. As part of this initiative, focus will be to provide basic infrastructure in all 5 areas of WHEEL. Currently 3 of the 5 focus areas are in progress.

Plans are afoot to popularise solar energy by distributing solar lights among the households. Foundation also planning to provide all medical assistance to pregnant women at their doorsteps with the help of doctors keen to serve in rural areas.

e-Kisaan

Agriculture and Food

e-Kisaan

Agri-Market

e-Kisaan

Animal Husbundry

e-Kisaan

Biotechnology

e-Kisaan

Weather

e-Kisaan

eGovernance

e-Kisaan

Education

e-Kisaan

Health Care


 

 

Our Team

Together Everyone Achieves More

We focus on ideas that create an impact to large sections of our society. Our team's passion and focus combined with support from like-minded people helps us take ideas to the next level.

GouriShankar

Pramit Maakoday

Srikanta

Alok Sulakhe

Srushti Kulkarni

Dr.Chidambara Murthy K

Manjunath M

Punit M

Shivaprasad K

Iranna M

Vijay L

Ashwin S

Ramesh Kaja

Ramachandra N

Suman


 

 

Our Mentors and Advisers

Guiding through our Journey

Thanks to our Subject Matter Experts, for guiding us through our journey, from Bagalkot Horticulture university, Karnataka Agriculture University (Dharwad), Raichur Agriculture University, Animal husbandry college and Progressive & Enthusiastic farmers of Bagalkot and Vijayapura districts.

Dr Kamal Bawa, UMass Boston, ATree.org

Dr Rich Fletcher, MIT D-LAB, Cambridge

Prof. Subrahmanya S V, IIIT Bangalore, India

Satish Jha

Prof. Ramprasad Arkalgud, UIC, Chicago

Dr Pinaki Panigrahi, UNMC, Nebraska


 

In the news

TECH HARVEST: Digital literacy is helping farmers in Karnataka solve problems and reap benefits

Jun 05, 2015 in the week

The Namma Raitha initiative was launched by the eKisaan Foundation, set up by US-based software professionals S.R. Gourishankar, Srikanta Bhaskara and Pramit Maakoday, across 1,300 farmers’ clubs in Bagalkot and Bijapur districts last February.

India's first e-kisaan tablet for farmers launched

March 5, 2014 in The Indian Express

The idea is to democratise information, distributing the tablet for free among 250 farmers from Bagalkot and Bijapur districts. Feedback from the pilot drive, will help improve the tablet and expand the reach of the project.



Bijapur, Bagalkot farmers become tech-savvy

March 5, 2014 in This Week Bangalore

Farmers in Bagalkot and Bijapur districts went a step ahead of their counterparts elsewhere in the country, as they became the first farming folk to use internet enabled tablets in finding solutions to the agricultural hitches.



Distribution of eKisaan Tablets

March 5, 2014 in The Hindu

e-Kisaan project will go a long way in helping farmers get quick information, enhanced yield, pest control, better price, online marketing, weather forecast on hand.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday, January 24, 2015 launched eKisaan tabs in a programme in Bengaluru

Jan 24, 2015 in Udayavani

The government has planned to distribute free tabs to farmers to educate, engage and empower farmer community about the modern agricultural technology, marketing and weather information.The programme was organised by eKisaan Foundation, a non-profit trust.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah launched eKisaan tabs in a programme organized by eKisaan Foundation, a non-profit trust on Saturday January 24

Jan 24, 2015 in News Karnataka

Addressing the gathering, Siddaramaiah said, India has a long tradition in farming. For centuries farmers have been the backbone of our economy. The programme is to enable and empowere farmers.IT Minister S R Patil, who is also the chief patron of the initiative, presided over the function.

IT minister plans to digitise native village

Jun 21, 2015 in Bangalore Mirror

It was IT minister SR Patil's idea to digitize the place of his birth, before implementing the concept in other parts of the state.

ರೈತರೇ ನಾವಿದ್ದೇವೆ ನಿಮ್ಮ ನೆರವಿಗೆ

Jul 29, 2015 in Vijaya Karnataka

'ನಮ್ಮ ರೈತ' ಯೋಜನೆ ಮೂಲಕ ಬಾಗಲಕೋಟ, ವಿಜಯಪುರ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳ ರೈತರಿಗೆ ಟ್ಯಾಬ್ಲೆಟ್ ವಿತರಿಸಿರುವ ಈ ಕಿಸಾನ್ ಫೌಂಡೇಶನ್ ಅದೇ ಟ್ಯಾಬ್ಲೇಟ್ ಗಳಿಂದ ವರ್ಷಾಂತ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ೧೦ ಸಾವಿರಕ್ಕೂ ಹಚ್ಚು ರೈತ ಕುಟುಂಬಗಳನ್ನು ತಲುಪುವ ಗುರಿ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಹೊಸ ಯೋಜನೆಗಳನ್ನು ರೂಪಿಸಿದೆ.

ಸ್ಮಾರ್ಟ್ ವಿಲೇಜ್ ಆಗಿ ರೂಪುಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿದೆ ಎಸ್.ಆರ್ ಪಾಟೀಲ್ ಹುಟ್ಟೂರಿನ ಗ್ರಾಮ

Aug 15, 2014 in Kannada Prabha

ಬಾಗಲಕೋಟೆ: ಎಸ್. ಆರ್ ಪಾಟೀಲ್ ಹುಟ್ಟೂರು ಬೀಳಗಿ ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ಬಾಡಗಂಡಿ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಭವಿಷ್ಯದ ಸ್ಮಾರ್ಟ್ ವಿಲೇಜ್ ಆಗಿ ರೂಪಾಂತರಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿದೆ.



S R Patil launches “Smart Village” initiative

Aug 15, 2014 in Internet news for you

Sri S R Patil, Minister for Planning & Statistics, InformationTechnology, Biotechnology, Science and Technology, launched “SmartVillage” initiatives at his native place of Badagandi in Bilagi taluk of Bagalkot district on 15th August 2015.

ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ತಪಾಸಣೆ ಶಿಬಿರ:

Aug 18, 2015 in Vijaya karnataka

ಗಲಗಲಿ: ಸಮೀಪದ ಬಾಡಗಂಡಿಯ ಎಸ್. ಆರ್. ಪಾಟೀಲ್ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಠಾನದ ಬಾಪೂಜಿ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಶಾಲೆ ಮತ್ತು ಪಿಯು ಕಾಲೇಜ್ ಆಶ್ರಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಾಣಂತಿಯರ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ತಪಾಸಣೆ ಶಿಬಿರ ನಡೆಯಿತು.

Karnataka: NRI techies give villages the Smart tag:

Aug 29, 2015 in deccan chronicle

Hubballi: A group of techies including Americans of Indian origin have voluntarily taken up a joint venture to turn little hamlets into ‘Smart Village’ on the lines of the ‘Smart City’ project being implemented by the Central government.



NEWS9: Badagandi to be first smart village in Karnataka

Aug 28, 2015 in News 9

A clip on eKisaan's "SMART VILLAGE" initiative.

eKisaan in Top 10 BanagaloreITE.biz YESSS Startups

Dec 10, 2015 in www.bangaloreite.biz

Bangalore: eKisaan selected among Top 10 startup showcases at Bangalore IT Biz YESSS program.



Prinicipal Sponsors of Namma Raitha Program

Our heartfelt thanks to our Principal Sponsors of Namma-Raitha Program and to their vision to make an ongoing impact to farming community

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We believe in simpler solutions to address common challenges. Existing ideas combined with new techniques provide effective solutions.We believe everyone has ideas, that can make a difference.

Got ideas? Contact us and we would like to hear from you.