CSC SPV launches an e-marketplace for agricultural services
New Delhi, May 30 (PTI) CSC E-Governance India Ltd (CSC SPV) on Sunday announced the launch of an electronic marketplace or portal for agricultural services, mainly to help small farmers.
The CSC SPV is a special purpose vehicle under the Ministry of Electronics and Informatics which provides a multitude of electronic services to consumers through its common service centers.
Through the Agriculture Services Portal, farmers will be able to purchase seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, animal feed and other agricultural inputs.
“Aiming to empower small and marginal farmers, who constitute 86% of India’s farming community, CSC E-Governance India Ltd (CSC SPV) has unveiled a unique agricultural services portal that will serve as a single destination and marketplace for them. “Said a statement from CSC SPV.
The portal – www.cscagri.in – will enable small and marginal farmers, who do not have easy access to the digital world, to easily and affordably benefit from essential agricultural services, he said.
“Our newly launched portal is accessible to farmers with the support of local CHCs for the purchase of agricultural input products, rental and rental of agricultural tools and machinery, soil testing, sale of agricultural products. , teleconsultations, loan and insurance facilities, ”CSC CEO of SPV, Sanjay Rakesh, said in the statement.
CSC SPV plans to reach 6,000 agricultural producer organizations (OPAs), one in each block of the country, this year.
“We have already integrated 1,000 FPOs on this new platform. These FPOs will sign up approximately 1 crore of farmers for various services on the portal,” said Rakesh.
With the help of village-level entrepreneurs (VLEs) who run CSCs (common service centers) and FPOs, farmers can connect with buyers to sell their products through Kisan e-Mart, the rural marketing arm. of the CSC.
CSC SPV currently operates around 3.74 lakh CSC, of which 80 percent is operational in rural and semi-urban areas.
The MOVR application hosted on the portal will also allow farmers to hire and lease agricultural machinery at high value equipment at affordable costs, he added.
Agricultural teleconsultation with scientists from ICAR’s Krishi Vigyan Kendras is also offered to farmers through the portal.
Currently, 32,162 CHCs are connected to over 600 Krishi Vigyan Kendras to provide teleconsultations.
During the last year, nearly 4 lakh teleconsultations have been carried out.
“At a time when rural India is hit hard by the Covid pandemic, agricultural teleconsultations via technology are a boon for farmers. Rakesh said.
He added, “CSC has always strived to improve the lives of citizens in rural areas through various interventions. We have provided various services to farmers such as teleconsultations, machine rental, IFFCO products, business platform, etc. The Farm Platform is an effort to bring all of these services together and deliver them under one roof so that farmers can get the most out of them. “
He said this electronic marketplace for agricultural services will transform the country’s rural landscape.
“We also plan to introduce cold storage and warehousing facilities in the future. This will help increase their productivity and income,” he said.
Various government programs for farmers will also be available through the agricultural platform, for example Kisan Credit Card, PM Fasal Bima Yojana, PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, PM Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana and similar programs.
According to reports, only 30 percent of Indian farmers borrow from formal sources, while more than 50 percent of small and marginal farmers find it difficult to borrow from any source, resulting in problems of borrowing from any source. production and income.
By leveraging technology, CSC SPV plans to offer loans with better interest rates to these small and marginal farmers. Farmers can visit a CHC and get bank loans through this platform, Rakesh added. PTI KKS MKJ
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