The Haryana authorities has been more and more adopting digital governance means in its bid to enhance farming and guarantee enhanced revenue for farmers. A profitable initiative on this regard is the Meri Fasal-Mera Byora e-procurement portal that was launched by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in April 2020. In lower than two years, 8.71 lakh or greater than 80 per cent of the full farmers within the state, registered on the portal within the rabi season.
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Senior officers say the portal was began within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The lockdowns throughout April-Could 2020 had disrupted regular functioning throughout all sectors. At the moment, mustard and wheat crops have been prepared for harvest. However there was a realisation throughout the authorities that strict lockdowns will make it tough for farmers to take their produce to the market. As such, it was determined to start out an e-procurement portal on which they might register and promote their produce.
Because of the portal, Haryana has develop into the primary state in India the place as many as 14 crops are procured on the Minimal Assist Value (MSP). These crops embody wheat, mustard, barley, gram, paddy, maize, bajra, cotton, sunflower, moong, groundnut, tur, urad and sesame.
To offer a web based sale facility, 81 mandis of the state have been linked with the E-NAM (digital nationwide agriculture market) portal. The eNAM platform presents a pan-India digital buying and selling portal which networks the present APMC mandis to create a unified nationwide marketplace for agricultural commodities.
Because the authorities prioritises the procurement of crops of farmers who’ve registered on this portal, it’s not shocking that, as of date, over 27 lakh farmers have offered their crops utilizing it.
The procurement of bajra by the state authorities is an effective instance of how digitisation has helped the state authorities to smoothen the procurement.
“Final yr, we paid Rs. 1,670 crore to farmers for the procurement of bajra on the MSP of Rs 2,150 per quintal. The MSP of bajra this yr is Rs 2,250 per quintal. In keeping with the Nationwide Commodity Index, the market value of millet was between Rs 1,680 and Rs 1,800 per quintal from November 11 to December 15. Assuming a median value of Rs 1,650 per quintal, now we have compensated the steadiness Rs 600 per quintal and paid Rs 429 crore straight into the accounts of two,38,245 farmers. This compensation has been made on the idea of common productiveness per acre of bajra”, a senior official advised The Indian Specific.
Explaining the way it labored within the curiosity of farmers, the official mentioned, “Even when the farmer didn’t convey his produce to the market, even when he stored the bajra for his personal use, he was paid compensation. On this means, the farmer bought Rs 600 per quintal with out going anyplace. The farmer solely grew bajra and gave its particulars on the ‘Meri Fasal-Mera Byora’ portal.”
Nonetheless, the portal’s use isn’t just restricted to being a platform for on-line sale and buy of crops (see BOX). “On this portal, the farmer additionally will get monetary help to promote his crop, purchase fertilizers and seed, get a mortgage for agricultural gear — all of the whereas sitting at dwelling,” mentioned an official.