Union government today started a new online portal named e-Rashtriya Kisan Agri Mandi (e-RaKAM) to make it easy for farmers to sell their agriculture produces. The portal was launched by Food and distribution minister Ram Vilas Paswan and Chaudhary Birender Singh who is currently the steel minister.
The portal is joint initiative by MSTC- A state run auctioner and CRWC (Centeral Warehousing Corporation). A target of selling 20 lakh tonnes of pulses is set for the fist phase.
This online platform will be a great help for small farmers to sell their produce. Under this platform farmer, PSUs, Civil Suppliers and buyers all will be connected to each others. Currently there are many places in the country where agriculture products are stored in large amount and farmers wait for buyers. It is hoped that this initiative will provide better approach to farmers to be connected with buyers.
It is first of its kind where technology is used to connect small villages farmers with largest markets. Government will set up e-RaKAM centres throughout the country to make it easy for farmers to sale agriculture produce. The payments will be done directly to into the accounts of farmers through e-payments.
Yogi government in the their cabinet meeting held on Tuesday took a major decision and changed the name of Gorakhpur and Agra Airports as well as the name of the department of welfare of the differently abled.
Highlights of the decision:
The Gorakhpur Airforce Station renamed to Mahayogi Goraknath Airport after the name of the founder of the Nath monastic movement.
The Agra Airport will be renamed after RSS ideologue Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay airport.
Divyang Jan Vikas Empowerment in the new name given to the Department of Disabled Welfare.
Opening of 20 new agricultural centers was another major decision approved by the cabinet. The crop insurance scheme also has gotten the cabinet’s nod and it would be implemented in next two years.
Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Tripura have been chosen for the Krishi Karman awards for 2015-16 for their good performance in the production of food grains.
The awards were divided into three categories Large, medium and small.
Here is how states has been awarded as per the categories:
Tamil Nadu chosen in large category for producing more than 10 million tonnes
Himachal Pradesh is under medium category that ranges from 1 to 10 million tonnes production
Tripura for small category less than 1 million tonnes.
Meghalaya state will also get commendation prize of Rs 1 crore cash for total food grain production.
During the year 2015-2016, Tamil Nadu had produced 130 lakh tonnes of foodgrains and it is the highest in the last five years.
For this acheivement, Tamil Nadu will receive prize money of Rs 5 crore. This is the fourth time Tamil Nadu is getting this prize. Earlier Tamil Nadu had bagged the award in 2011-12 for highest food grains production, in 2013-14 for highest pulses production and in 2014-15 for highest coarse cereals production.
Tripura has been selected for the Krishi Karman Award 2015-16 in small category states for a commendable increase in food grain production.
Total 825,000 tonnes of food grain in 2016 were produced by the state. A cash award of Rs five crore will also be given to Tripura. It is the second time Tripura getting this national award.
About Krishi Karman Awards:
These awards were started by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in 2010-11 to reward the best performing States in the production of foodgrains and individual crops of Rice, Wheat, Pulses and Coarse Cereals. Total, eight awards are given as below
Three for the States with highest foodgrains production in three identified categories-large, medium and small.
Five awards for highest production under each of the crops Rice, Wheat, Pulses, Coarse Cereals and Oilseeds.
The government going to launch a new umbrella programme named as ‘SAMPADA’ for food processing sector. With a total of Rs. 6,000 crore outlay, it will integrate current and new schemes with an aim to reduce wastage of food and doubling the income of farmers’.
Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said will soon approach the Cabinet for the approval of ‘Scheme for Agro-Marine Produce Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters (SAMPADA).
Ongoing schemes like mega food parks and cold chain projects will also be included along with three new schemes that we will launch.
To create infrastructure for improving the entire food supply chain, three schemes— ‘Creation/ Expansion of Food Processing and Preservation Capacities’, ‘New Agro-Processing Clusters’ and ‘Backward and Forward Linkages’ are on anvil.
The main objective of the scheme (SAMPADA) will be to bring down post harvest losses of farmers preferably to zero level, improving quality food provided to consumers and also to make food available at cheaper price and for doubling of farmers’ income.
Total 42 mega food parks and 234 cold chain projects with 139 lakh tonnes of preserving and processing capacity of agro-produce worth Rs. 35,000 crore has been sanctioned by the government.
The post-harvest losses is estimated at Rs. 92,000 crore annually, she said, adding that these food parks and cold chains would help in cutting this wastage.
The total investment of the project is of about Rs. 15,000 crore. It will also generate 3.5 lakh employment opportunities and 15 lakh farmers will be benefited.
Under the new scheme, all agro-clusters will be mapped and Rs. 10 crore of subsidy grant will be provided to each of these clusters for creating infrastructure so that seamless transfer of food products from producing to consuming centers becomes a reality.