TruckSuvidha facilitating farmers in transportation of Agri-produce in association with e-NAM
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar is at the centre of government efforts to ensure that the farm sector continues to function smoothly during the lockdown. In an interview to Sagar Kulkarni of DH, Tomar spelt out the steps taken by the government to help farmers in these testing times.
The government has spoken about doorstep procurement of farm produce. Is it feasible?
The procurement of pulses and oilseeds under PSS is done through a three-tier system which includes procurement directly from farmers, though at village-level cooperative societies from its member farmers. Additionally, the e-NAM platform has been linked with various transport aggregators such as Truck Suvidha, Truck Guru, TransIn Logistics, to help traders find transporters available in their vicinity for faster movement of farm produce mandi and other locations. We have also launched “Kisan Rath”, a farmer friendly mobile application to help farmers and traders search for transport for agriculture and horticulture produce.
Government has taken steps to help farmers during the lockdown period. What is the response to those steps?
Amidst the uncertainty prevailing today, the one activity giving hope is agricultural activity, which is also providing the reassurance of food security. Throughout India, farmers and agriculture labourers are sweating and toiling against all adversities. Their silent efforts, coupled with timely intervention by the central and state governments, have ensured that there is minimal or no disruption to harvesting activities and the continued sowing of summer crops.
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