Sundargarh heading for digital inclusion of farm sector

Untrained field staff and unaware farmers pose a challenge for district administration for smooth transition to digital process

Published: 30th November 2016 02:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th November 2016 06:08 AM   |  A+A-

Sundargarh

Sundargarh

By Express News Service

ROURKELA: From Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in distribution of farm inputs and implements to online payment against the paddy procured, tribal-dominated Sundargarh district is successfully heading for digital inclusion of farm sector for a less-cash rural society. But, untrained field staff and unaware farmers pose a challenge for smooth transition to the digital process.

Due to faulty DBT registration by untrained employees of 44 LAMPS (Large and multipurpose cooperative societies),  the administration faced difficulties in reimbursing 7,000 farmers against the purchase of seeds in the last kharif crop season. Another hindrance in smooth functioning of digital process in remote rural pockets is power disruption and slow Internet connectivity. But the administration claims to have readied necessary back-up infrastructure to overcome this problem.
With the kharif paddy procurement set to start from December 15 through P-PAS (Paddy-Procurement Automated System) mode in all 17 blocks, the administration claims to have readied necessary infrastructure. The P-PAS mode ensures electronic fund transfer to a farmer’s bank account within seven days.

Stress has also been laid on transparency with integration of ‘Bhulekh’ database of Revenue and Disaster Management Department to ensure authentication of cultivable plots of farmers while registering them.
The administration has set an initial target to procure about 67,000 tonnes of paddy through 112 paddy procurement centres (PPCs). Sources said, the target can be increased upto 1.41 lakh tonnes out of the projected yield of above six lakh tonnes from 2.13 lakh hectares of area under cultivation. Sundargarh Civil Supplies Officer (CSO) Abhiram Pradhan said, about 26,900 farmers have registered online for paddy procurement.  Incidentally, the figure seems too less considering the Agriculture Department’s data of about 2.19 lakh farmers in the district.

But the Department’s figure of farmer population is debatable. With a total rural population of about 14.7 lakh in the district, the number of farmers would exceed five lakh, said the sources.
Sundargarh Collector Bhupendra Singh Poonia said, digital inclusion promises enhanced transparency, removal of intermediaries and middlemen, hassle-free and faster payment to bank accounts of farmers.
Meanwhile, Deputy Director, Agriculture, RN Satpathy said 50,157 farmers have registered for DBT and all subsidy reimbursement against purchase of farm inputs and implements in the ongoing rabi season would be made through the DBT mode. The pending DBT payment of `14.45 crore was released, he added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp