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Role of Mobile Phone Technology in Improving Small Farm Productivity


  • Mittal, Surabhi
  • Tripathi, Gaurav


Telecommunication, especially mobile phones have the potential to provide solution to the existing information asymmetry in various lagging sectors like agriculture. India’s agricultural sector suffers from low growth rates and low productivity. Issues in access to information are weak points at every stage of the agri-supply chain. For small farmer-based economy like India, access to information can possibly enable better incomes and productivity to the farmers. This paper through focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with farmers, has tried to find answers to the use and impact of mobile phones and mobile-enabled services on agricultural productivity. The answers to these questions are of relevance to develop better policy environment conducive for small and medium farmers and have implications for mobile phone operators, information service providers, and policymakers. The study has shown that although, mobile phones can act as catalyst to improving farm productivity and rural incomes, the quality of information, timeliness of information and trustworthiness of information are the three important aspects that have to be delivered to the farmers to meet their needs and expectations. There exist critical binding constraints that restrict the ability of the farming community to realize full-potential gains and it is more so for small than large farmers.

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  • Mittal, Surabhi & Tripathi, Gaurav, 2009. "Role of Mobile Phone Technology in Improving Small Farm Productivity," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 22(2009).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aerrae:57502

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    1. Bardhan, D. & Singh, P. & Tripathi, S.C., 2014. "Leveraging Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure of Dairy Cooperative Network: An ex-ante Analysis of Potential Institutional Innovation," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 27(2014).
    2. Spaulding, Aslihan D. & Tudor, Kerry W. & Mahatanankoon, Pruthikrai, 2015. "The Effects of Outcome Expectations on Individual’s Anxiety and Continued Usage of Mobile Devices: A Post-Adoption Study," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA), vol. 18(4).
    3. Chand, Ramesh, 2010. "SAARC Agricultural Vision 2020," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 23(2).
    4. Rathod, P. & Chander, M. & Bardhan, D., 2016. "Adoption Status and Influencing Factors of Mobile Telephony in Dairy Sector: A Study in Four States of India," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 29(1).
    5. Mittal, Surabhi & Mehar, Mamta, 0. "How Mobile Phones Contribute to Growth of Small Farmers? Evidence from India," Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, vol. 51.

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