New Delhi: The Odisha government has asked the Centre to provide Rs 75 lakh for each e-Mandi in the state.

The Odisha minister for food supply and consumer welfare, Surya Narayan Patro, demanded that Rs 75 lakh be given to each e-Mandi for development of marketing infrastructures. He said that the state government has started e-Mandis at 10 places– Bahadajhola(green gram), Kantabanji(onion), Kendupatna(green gram), Koraput(ginger), Kuchinda(chilly), Tikabali(turmeric), Nabarangpur(maize), Parlakhemundi(cotton), Rayagada(cotton), and Sakhigopal(coconut).

Patro, while speaking at the review meeting of the national agricultural marketing (e-NAM) yojana, here  on Monday, said that the state has enacted a law to put in place mechanism for sale of agricultural products through e-Mandis. The union agriculture minister while noting that the state has taken some good steps regarding e-Mandi, urged the state government to give more attention to online payment, storage, rent and human resources.

The meeting was attended by union agriculture minister Dr.Radhamohan Singh, minister of state Rajendra Singh Sekhawat, union agriculture secretary SK Patnaik, joint secretary S.Bhargav, and Odisha agriculture marketing director Premananda  Khuntia.