LAHORE - Punjab government will start distribution of 110,000 smart phones on Monday (tomorrow) among farmers under Kissan Package.

Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif will inaugurate the distribution ceremony at a local hotel on the day.

The spokesperson for Agriculture Department said that at initial stage 110,000 smart phones will be distributed among registered farmers. During next stage, he said, the cell phones will be distributed among all registered farmers. The farmers will be advised through special applications installed on the phones to bring improvement in crops, weather conditions and modern technology in agriculture field. The phones will be provided on provision of Rs.500 for landless and tenants and Rs.1000 for land owners. Agriculture Department in collaboration with Telenor and Punjab Information Technology Board has developed a carefully crafted mobile apps services, keeping its unique target audience in mind, to enable technology to rapidly assist and cater to farmer needs. With this smart phones farmers will be able to apply for agriculture loans through the PITB-led app that would eliminate patwari and bank agent culture, said the spokesperson.