JAMMU: Directorate of Agriculture conducted one day training on use of Point-of-Sale (POS) machines for Direct Benefit transfer (DBT) in fertilisers under GO LIVE mission being launched in the state from 1st March 2018.
The programme was inaugurated by the Joint Director Agriculture (Extension), Jammu, R L Bhagat, at Krishi Bhawan on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhagat said that the objective of the scheme is to have an accurate detail of fertilisers reaching the Point-of-Sale (POS) at retailers’ level and the quantity of fertilisers being sold and actually utilised by the farmers, read an official handout.
“This is to ensure areas that the subsidy on fertilisers reaching the farmers is actually assessed and pilferage if any is checked,” he said. He said that digitisation and use of POS machines will facilitate proper data management and prompt flow of fertiliser stock/sale information between the government, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and the farmers.
“This system will also be helpful in checking the excessive and indiscriminate use of fertilisers in agriculture crops and misuse of fertiliser subsidy in other activities as well,” he added.
About 85 identified Master Trainers (Field Functionaries) of the department for DBT in different agriculture sub-divisions of Jammu province were also imparted training in usage of Point-of-Sale (POS) devices. The use and working of POS machines was also demonstrated through practical handling and PowerPoint presentation by State Coordinator DBT, Fertilisers (GOI), Akhil Vaid, the handout read.
He also cleared various queries regarding technical and practical difficulties of the wholesale and retail dealers while implementing and shifting to the new system.
The wholesalers were also asked to use Release Order Module (ROM) in to make timely availability of fertilisers as per requirement of respective. The non-usage of Point-of-Sale (POS) devices will warrant strict action from the law enforcement agency of the agriculture department, it added.