DoP & MCX services now across the country

Written by Prachi Karnik Pradhan | Mumbai, Oct 31 | Updated: Nov 1 2007, 07:11am hrs
The Department of Post (DoP) and the Multi-Commodity Exchange (MCX) would jointly increase their presence in various parts of the country to provide market information, real time commodity prices, warehousing and agriculture inputs.

So far MCX has tied up with the department in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to reach out to farmers. The service hence would be extended to other destinations too. Both DoP and MCX had earlier agreed on providing facilities like making inquiries and futures trading at the departments post offices in Jalgaon where a pilot project was initiated in June 2006 and recently at Dhamangaon.

The exchange has set up two hubs at head post office of Jalgaon and Dhamangaon and one each at Itarsi and Unjha .

Initially, the response from farmers has been slow, but gradually there has been a surge in the number of queries raised by them after the successful launch of the project in Jalgaon. Under the tie-up, the IT infrastructure is being provided by MCX while DoPs personnel are trained to handle the inquiries and transactions.

DoP seeks to provide services to more and more farmers and other traders in these small towns and villages.

Therefore, the DoP intends to expand and take these services to more post offices in other cities. Under the programme, a farmer can route his query to the MCX representative stationed at the post office through the village postman.