e-NAM platform onboards 1,000 mandis in 18 States and 3 Union Territories
- The Centre said it has achieved integration of 1,000 wholesale mandis, located in 21 states and union territories, with the electronic-National Agriculture Market (e-NAM).
- While 585 mandis were integrated in the first phase, 415 mandis were integrated in the second phase. The deadline for second phase was May 15.
- Right now, farmers auction their agriculture produce at 6,900-odd APMC (Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees) mandis spread across the nation.
- Some of them are also using online bidding through e-NAM platform.
- The Agriculture Ministry said in a statement – “38 additional mandis were integrated with the e-NAM platform today, thus achieving a milestone of integration of 415 mandis as per the planned target (for the second phase),”
- The 38 mandis integrated are in Madhya Pradesh (19), Telangana (10), Maharashtra (4), and one each in Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir.
- The e-NAM platform now has a total number of 1,000 mandis across 18 states and 3 union territories.
- e-NAM, which was launched in April 2016, is being implemented by Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC), a central government agency, with the support of state governments.
- In the last four years, the ministry said, e-NAM has registered a user base of 1.66 crore farmers, 1.31 lakh traders, 73,151 commission agents and 1,012 farmers producers organisations (FPOs).
- As on May 14, farmers have transacted over Rs 1 lakh crore on the eNAM platform with a trade volume of 3.43 crore tonnes of commodities, and 38.16 lakh bamboo and coconuts.
- Presently, 150 commodities, including foodgains, oilseeds, fibres, fruits and vegetables, are traded on e-NAM.
- The ministry said – The online trading platform provides a single window service for all mandi related information and services, including commodity arrivals, quality assaying, competitive bid offers and electronic payment settlement directly into farmers’ accounts.
Purpose of e-NAM-
- The purpose of e-NAM is to create a network of existing mandis on a common online market platform as ‘One Nation, One Market’ for agricultural commodities in India.
- More mandis are being integrated in the current COVID-19 situation as the e-NAM platform provides distant bidding facility for wholesale produce in APMC mandis without physical presence of buyer/trader near the auction site for bidding.
- The electronic platform also provides e-payment facility through which traders can pay farmers, after the trade is executed, from anywhere, be it home or office, without going to banks, thus avoiding crowds.
- The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (formerly Ministry of Agriculture), a branch of the Government of India, is the apex body for formulation and administration of the rules and regulations and laws related to agriculture in India.
- The three broad areas of scope for the Ministry are agriculture, food processing and co-operation.
- Headquarter – New Delhi
- Minister – Narendra Singh Tomar
- State Minister – Parsottambhai Rupala, Kailash Choudhary
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