To extend the scope for farmers in the e-commerce domain, the government is facilitating collaboration between online grocery firm Bigbasket and federations of organic farmers for procurement of millets and spices.
"This link between the retail segment and the farming sector is a big step for us. It's a win-win situation for both, Bigbasket and the farmers," said agriculture minister C Krishna Byre Gowda on Thursday.
On Friday, two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) will be signed between Bigbasket and farmers' federations at Organic Millets - 2017, the threeday national fair that will be held at Palace Grounds in Bengaluru from Friday. While the Davanagere and Chitradurga District Organic Farmers Federation will sign one MoU with Bigbasket for 500 metric tonnes of millets, valued at around Rs 2.5 crore, the other agreement will be signed by the Uttara Kannada District Organic Farmers Federation for 300 metric tonnes of organic spices, worth Rs 12 crore. Byre Gowda said: "It'll help them get a gain of about 15 to 20% over and above the market prices. Though Bigbasket has been in business in other states, it will give priority to Karnataka farmers."
The government is planning on training farmers' federations in packaging, and to help them with labelling their produce. "Other companies too have evinced interest in sourcing produce directly from the federations," he said.
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