Haryana has procured Rs 2,500-crore worth of kharif crops, including paddy, cotton, bajra, guar and oilseeds, through the e-purchase platform. The state government’s ‘e-kharid’ initiative supplements National Agriculture Marketing, a pan-India electronic trading portal of existing APMC ‘mandis’, to bring efficiency and transparency in procurement of agricultural commodities.

In the current season, paddy worth Rs 1,500 crore and other cash crops worth Rs 1,000 crore were procured online. The programme was launched on September 27 by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union Minister for Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan. The ‘e-kharid’ portal is a joint initiative of the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board and the state’s department of food & supplies. Under e-kharid, an auction recorder digitises data, including credentials of a farmer, the linked Aadhaar number and bank account details, through handheld device. An auto generated gate pass receipt is issued and the device also registers the login ID of an aarthiya selected by the farmer.