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Iffco will open an e-bazaar at Kunduli haat in Koraput

To bring the farmers under the digital platform and to ensure that they never run short of fertilisers, the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (Iffco) will open an e-bazaar at Kunduli haat (weekly market) under Pottangi block in the Koraput district.

The Iffco has signed an MoU with the regional market committee (RMC) of Koraput.

Through the e-bazaar, the Iffco will sell various types of fertilisers used by the farmers. Susant Kumar Padhi, secretary RMC, Koraput, said "At present, farmers are purchasing fertilisers from licensed traders in the market and most of the time they are being cheated in quality and quantity." By purchasing fertiliser from the e-bazaar, the quality of fertiliser will not only be ensured but also there will never be shortage of fertiliser, he added.

The e-bazaar will be a place of cashless transaction. It will integrate the farmers with the digital platform and empower them by giving them access to knowledge and help them work together to get a better produce. The farmers will be provided agricultural inputs under a single roof.

Around 8,000 farmers of Pottangi and Semiliguda blocks in the district will be immediately benefitted by the e-bazaar.

The electronic National Agriculture Market (e-NAM), a pan-India electronic portal with network among the existing agricultural produce marketing committees, launched by the Union government, has started functioning at Kunduli haat from May month.

Produces like ginger and potato of the district have been included under the e-NAM and traders from across the country are purchasing these products through online bidding.