Baramulla: The GoI is planning to set up e-Mandis throughout India to allow farmers sell their produce at a best price.
This was disclosed by New Delhi MoS for Agriculture, Farmers Welfare and Panchayati Raj Parshottam Rupala during the day long awareness programme on Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana(PMFBY) organised in Baramulla.
Rupala who was the chief guest on the occasion said that New Delhi was keen to help state agricultural front, stressed upon the need for setting up cold storage facilities here so farmers produce does not go wasted. He also said that GoI is ambitions on setting up e-Mandis in all parts of the country so that farmers can sell their produce throughout India and get a good price for their hard work.
The programme was jointly organised by Krishi Vikas Kendra (KVK) Baramulla and Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (CITH) Srinagar. He said that all KVKs across India would soon have soil testing laboratories for the benefit of the farmers.
Altaf Ahmad Andrabi, Mission Director, PMFBY J&K said that such farmer-friendly schemes will end the menace of farmer sucides.
He said that agriculture is the main economic activity of the state and expressed hope that crops which are not included in the PMFBY will be brought under its purview. Dr Desh Beer Singh, Director CITH also addressed the gathering.
He said that CITH works on the mandate of horticulture development in J&K and so far 10 technologies have been developed which have been successfully transferred to the farmers.
Daljit Singh Chib, Vice Chairman J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Kisans also spoke on the occasion. Soil health cards and certificates of appreciation were also distributed among some of the agriculturists present at the function.