e-RaKAM to em­power In­dian farm­ers

Ram Vi­las Paswan, Min­is­ter of Con­sumer Af­fairs, Food & Pub­lic Dis­tri­bu­tion, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, along with Chaud­hary Biren­der Singh, Min­is­ter of Steel, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, re­cently launched e-RaKAM (Rashtriya Kisan Agri Mandi). CRWC will act as a mar­ket

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Ajoint ini­tia­tive of MSTC and CRWC (Cen­tral Rail­side Ware­house Com­pany) has been signed to em­power In­dian farm­ers and agri­cul­ture busi­ness. e-RaKAM is an ex­clu­sive e-plat­form for agri pro­duce at Scope Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, Core 8, SCOPE Com­plex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. It is de­vel­oped by MSTC and sup­ported by mar­ket­ing &and lo­gis­tics part­ner CRWC.

Paswan said, “I ap­pre­ci­ate e-RaKAM por­tal ex­e­cuted by MSTC and CRWC to han­dle its mar­ket­ing and lo­gis­tics. I per­son­ally feel that we should start with auc­tion­ing of pulses as we have them in abun­dance. Twenty lakh tonnes of pulses were ly­ing idle at ware­house and it still has no buy­ers. Ini­tial hurdles will be there as most of our farm­ers are il­lit­er­ate and are in bad con­di­tion. How­ever, ev­ery new thing comes with its own dif­fi­cul­ties that will be man­aged with time. This way var­i­ous crops whose price in­creases due to rain­fall or bad weather con­di­tions will be man­aged and will get the mar­ket.”

Singh said, “Our aim is to strengthen the agri­cul­ture-ori­ented In­dian econ­omy and farm­ers, who play a vi­tal role in na­tional de­vel­op­ment. I con­grat­u­late all for the launch of e-RaKAM.” e-RaKAM is a first-of-its-kind ini­tia­tive that lever­ages tech­nol­ogy to con­nect farm­ers to small­est vil­lages to the big­gest mar­kets of the world through in­ter­net and e-RaKAM cen­ters.

E-RaKAM is a dig­i­tal ini­tia­tive bring­ing to­gether the farm­ers, FPOs, PSUs, civil sup­plies and buy­ers on a sin­gle plat­form to ease the sell­ing and buy­ing process of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts. Un­der this ini­tia­tive e-RaKAM cen­ters are be­ing de­vel­oped in a phased man­ner through­out the coun­try to fa­cil­i­tate farm­ers/FPOs for on­line sale of their pro­duce. On the other hand, bid­ders from na­tional and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets will be able to buy qual­ity agro prod­ucts with­out any in­volve­ment of the in­ter­me­di­aries. Right af­ter the com­ple­tion of the bid­ding process, the buyer will have the op­tion to get the prod­ucts de­liv­ered through CRWC or any other lo­gis­tics ser­vice provider. While farm­ers would be paid through e-Pay­ment di­rectly into their bank ac­counts, thus keep­ing the sys­tem free from the vested in­ter­est of ar­biters (in­ter­me­di­aries) which is the prime ob­jec­tive of e-RaKAM.

K. U. Thankachen, MD, CRWC said, “We are de­lighted with the launch of e-RaKAM, first in the coun­try to have a wide­spread e-mar­ket plat­form for trans­par­ent sale trans­ac­tions and price dis­cov­ery. It un­shack­les the po­ten­tial of In­dian farm­ers who have been trapped in a vi­cious cy­cle of in­ter­me­di­aries and low mar­gin.”

High­lights

e-RaKAM will re­duce in­ter­me­di­ary cost and avail in­te­grated lo­gis­tics ser­vices un­der one roof.

Ben­e­fi­cial for farm­ers, FPOs (Farm Pro­duc­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tions), nodal agen­cies and buy­ers.

In the first phase pulses, oilseeds and other agro prod­ucts will be made avail­able for e-plat­form through e-RaKAM.

Right af­ter the com­ple­tion of the bid­ding process, the buyer will have the op­tion to get the prod­ucts de­liv­ered through CRWC or any other lo­gis­tics ser­vice provider

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