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Registration Name : eINDIA2011/AN/194
Project Category : eGov::Best Government to Government Initiative of the Year
Project Name : HORTNET

Details of Applicant
Name : K. Rajasekhar
Address : A Block, BRKR Bhavan, Tank Bund Road
City : Hyderabad
State : Andhra Pradesh
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 500 063

Details of Project/Implementing Agency
Name of Organisation : Horticulture
Address : Public Gardens, Nampally ,,
City : Hyderabad
State : Andhra Pradesh
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 500 004
Name of the head
of Organisation : K.Rajasekhar
Website : http://hortnet.ap.nic.in

Details of the Progrmme/Project/Initiative
Brief description of the
programme/project/Initiative : Agriculture is having larger share in developing economies. Developing countries such as India are loosing much more than developed countries due to impact of Global warming on Agriculture . With frequent droughts and floods the importance of crops which can withstand the long dry spells interspersed by floods is increasing. Solution to mitigate the miseries of farmers is horticulture crops adopting modern scientific methods. Realizing this fact the Government has initiated projects in Mission mode on All India basis to promote horticulture by budgeting thousands of crores of rupees . However, implementation of these mission mode projects involves interactions among multiple Government organizations right from Village/Gram Panchayat,, Tehsil/ block/sub-district, district , State and National level. In the earlier system lot of delays used to take place due to lack of an efficient and effective G2G system. The Hortnet is a comprehensive state-of-the-art technology based end-to-end solution for the benefit of all the stakeholders. Majority of the farmers are facing difficulties due to lack of a transparent, efficient one-stop non-stop online services to solve their problems. Hortnet is an online workflow automation system for the benefit of the farmers to ensure an end–to-end holistic approach covering production, post harvest management, processing and marketing to assure appropriate returns to growers /producers
Why was the project started : There is no comprehensive integrated single and simple transparent, efficient and effective system to manage farmer welfare horticulture schemes in the country. Only statistics & no individual beneficiary details are available at the State and National level. Farmers are not getting timely advise as a result they incurring losses. Fund flow management , budgeting, planning used to be laborious and time consuming and error prone activities. To bring in efficiency and transparency in managing the farmer beneficiary welfare schemes of the Government. To provide one-stop non-stop digital services to the farmers. To verify online the land details provided by the farmers. To introduce state of the art least cost ICT technology based scientific workflow and process management system. The plan Budget for Agriculture Ministry, Govt of India is `7860 crores per annum. It is envisaged to ensure proper utilization of all such plan funds through a transparent workflow system using Hortnet.
Objective : To simplify and seamlessly integrate the workflow among Ministry , Govt of India, State Govt functionaries located at State, District ,sub-district and village level. To provide one stop non-stop solution to benefit Govt officials, Banks, Farmers, Extension workers, researchers, belonging to various departments. Thousands of crores are being spent by Govt for welfare of farmers related to .Agriculture, Horticulture, fisheries, Epiculture, Animal Husbandary etc., To bring in transparency, efficiency in the whole process. This has farmer interface to provide all services online and some services through mobile. The Farmers can also avail the services from the HORTNET using the Community internet centres. So far in the country such a common workflow automation solution linking the stakeholders involved in rendering services to farmers is not available. Hortnet is envisaged to fill this much needed gap as livelihood of over 60% of the population in the country is depending on agri and allied sectors.
Target group : Govt officials ( Ministry, Govt of India, State Govt , District level officials, Sub-District level officials, Horticulture Officers, District level officers and State level officers of the Horticulture Dept, Consultants and Agriculture Dept officials, Suppliers, Farmers, Farmers societies etc., Govt of India officials
Geographical reach : All over India
Date from which the
project became operational : 1 September 2009
Is the Project still operational : YES

10 points that make the programme/project innovative?
: For the first time in the country a least cost, Internet , Mobile, GIS, GPRS and GPS technologies have been harnessed to reach the un-reached and ensure transparency
: Integration with google maps for providing spatial view.
: Very user friendly and interactive.
: Farmers or their well wishers or the Agriculture/ Horticulture extension worker can apply online.
: Application gets processed transparently. Benefits gets delivered to the farmers.
: This is the first cost effective solution to the entire workflow automation to render services to the farmers by Govt depts. No other farmer centric Govt portal has this many features and services profile.

List the 5 achievements of the programme/project?
: Several months of processes reduced to a few minutes of processing time.
: 24 x 7 X 360 facility to serve the farmers including, registration , identity card generation, applying online for schemes.
: Education of even illiterate farmers to update skill and knowledge with the multi-media technology based modules.
: Transparent field verification and authentication using mobile , GIS, GPRS technology to restrict / detect fraudulent claims on physical progress
: G2G workflow linking /streamlining all related Govt departments.

List the 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/iniative
: Online Filing of Applications for different schemes.
: Each state has different schemes and different subsidy patterns.
: Monitor the progress of schemes as well as the status of online filed application
: Payments and Releases under each scheme
: Grievance Monitoring and its Redressal

List the 5 points how can the prgramme serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?
: One Single, Simple One-stop Non-stop solution to render the services on a 24 x 7 basis, which hither to un-available
: Govt. is implementing around 25 different farmer centric welfare schemes. So far, checking duplicate beneficiaries and implementation & monitoring and managing the schemes with holistic view was very difficult. Hornet solved this problem
: HORNET facilitated creation of a Live Online National Level Registry of Farmer, which is very vital for policy formation in the agriculture sector.
: For the first time in the country, Hortnet provided facility to generate and distribute Identity Cards to farmers
: Hortnet enable vital & timely coordination among various Govt. departments, Organisations with features such as generation of Unique-id, Aadhaar Compliant, Subsidy / Estimate Reports, Proceedings and Permit Card to lift the Input Package which eliminated the delays in communication and coordination among the Govt. departments, Agencies and Organisations.

List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/iniative
: The project is scalable and replicable, and available on 24X7X360 basis to all the stakeholders in the country.
: Unique function specific server cluster architecture is used to achieve high scalability.
: All the 6,00,000 villages, 600 districts, 35 State /UT related data is already pre-loaded into the system, users from any of these locations can register and start using the application.
: The system has been fine tuned to for optimum utilization of data centre resources and ensure high availability, reliability, concurrency, security and scalability.
: The system has been configured to easily store and retrieve all the information about all the schemes of farmers in the country right from 2005 (since inception of the project.

Documents publishing URL : http://hortnet.ap.nic.in

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3 Responses to HORTNET

  1. P R Mahanta says:

    Great Job . Looking forward to many more Govt to Farmer initiatives .

  2. Suresh says:

    Excellent site designed for formers to avail all govt schemes at one stop… which is reduce the time slots and became familiar with schemes and also know the status of application as well time to time ….we wish them good luck….