KUMs in dire need of IT intervention

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Feb 2019 11:32:06


 

By Piyush Shrivastava,


The upgradation of Krishi Upaj mandis in rural areas with advanced facilities would connect every Mandi within the national network

This system could also be used for effective prevention of grains from ruining in open

Organisational set-up and infrastructure reforms related to rural Krishi Upaj Mandis (KUMs) as well as primary units procuring grains are needed in present scenario. With information technology (IT) revolutionising every sector, the rural KUMs still remain deprived of benefits.


The upgradation of Krishi Upaj mandis in rural areas with advanced facilities would connect every Mandi within the national network. This system could also be used for effective prevention of grains from ruining in open as well as would help in developing a nation-wide agriculture produce marketing system. This e-marketing platform would bring new work in village-based agronomy, socio-economic condition of farmers would improve, thanks to the positive impact of online services and ensure participation of farmers in market activities.


To actually harvest benefits at district level for profitability in sustainable way for farmers needs a design and that could be done only by enhancing connectivity of Mandi in one network. This development would help in developing new market of agro-produce cultivated organic, while also create a new platform for resources and knowledge about organic farming. The e-connectivity of Krishi Upaj mandis could help in planning for irrigation ensuring availability of water and electricity on time and also support the concept of developing national programmes for irrigation and fertilizer distribution.


Another sector that would be boosted is storage and warehousing. The reforms in Krishi Upaj mandis and its connectivity would upgrade the system and there is need to bring a national-level programme on storage and warehousing. It may be mentioned that, in the Alumni Meet of the All India Agriculture Students Association, an idea was floated for development of nearly 600 Krishi mandis into hi-tech agri e-markets.


Rajan Kumar, Coordinator, Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Market Intelligence Project opined that the development would bring more accuracy in assessment and deliverance to the market needs. While the farmers would get optimum profits in terms of having information about the demand and supply in different mandis right from its origin point. This would help in planning and distribution of different crops, especially cash crops.


NABARD District Development Manager, Sandeep Dharkar connecting on the issue said that the idea of upgrading mandis and equipping with e-platforms is being floated at primary level by connecting every farmer and its banking on portal. In next phase, the inventory and stock movement in mandis would also be part of this programme. The concept has enormous possibilities.