Agriculture ministry starts call centre to facilitate farm transport

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NEW DELHI: The union agriculture ministry has started an All India Agri Transport Call Centre for coordination between states for inter-state movement of perishables – vegetables and Fruits, Agri Inputs like seeds, pesticides and fertilizer etc. The Call Centre can be accessible from any mobile or landline phones.

This will facilitate inter state transportation of fruits and vegetables. Truck drivers, traders, retailers, transporters or any other stakeholders who are facing problems in inter-state movement of above commodities, may seek help by calling at the Call Centre.

“Call Center executive will forward the vehicle and consignment details along-with the help needed, to state government officials for resolution of issues,” said a senior agriculture ministry official.

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He said that the government is also ensuring supply of seeds to states under National Food Security Mission (NFSM). The subsidy pertaining to seeds under the scheme shall be for varieties less than 10 years.

“It has also been decided to allow Truthful Label seeds for subsidy component for the North East, Hilly regions and the UTs of Jammu & Kashmir only, for all crops under NFSM,” the official said.

The official said that around 4000 tonnes of pulses have been despatched to states for free distribution under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PM-GKY), which entitles ration card holders one kg of pulse per month for three months.

He said that fruits and vegetables are being sold directly by farmers after the centre sent advisories to states for allowing direct marketing for farmers.

“In Maharashtra, 21,11,171 quintals of fruits and vegetables have been sold by 27,797 FPOs in 34 districts by online or direct sale method,” the official said.



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