Bhubaneswar: The State Government will provide smart mobile phones to women farmers in the State in the Kharif season, informed Cooperation Minister Surya Narayan Patro.

Patro said the women farmers can know about the tips relating to farming provided by the Agriculture Department through the smartphones. They can also get information about the types of crops they should grow for better and higher produce depending on the nature of the soil and the environment, he added.

They would also know about the weather in advance and about the crop loan schemes, Patro said.

Explaining the procedure to get the phones, he said the women farmers have to apply online for which the Cooperation Department will open a new portal. The Cooperation department will provide smartphones to about 70 per cent of the women farmers in the first phase as per the directive of the Chief Minister, he added.