Farm produce worth Rs 3841 Cr traded on e-NAM in 250 wholesale markets

Until November 16, farm produce worth Rs 3,841 crore was traded through the electronic National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) in 250 wholesale markets connected to the platform.

This was stated by Radha Mohan Singh, agriculture and farmers’ welfare minister, at an Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) conference on Linking farmers with market held in New Delhi.

“About 5.5 lakh farmers have sold their produce, while 54,000 traders have made purchases and 28,000 commission agents have registered themselves till about eight days before today,” he added.

“We had started it on a pilot project basis and have tried to remove all the anomalies related to both hardware and software, and it is now moving very fast towards empowering farmers to allow them to sell their produce,” Singh said.

He added that the agriculture and farmers’ welfare ministry was working towards setting up hubs for providing milk, eggs, fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc. near metros as part of the online trading platform.

“The Chinese capital’s population is twice as much as that of New Delhi, but everything is available within a radius of 150km, while in New Delhi, milk comes from Andhra Pradesh and vegetables from Kolkata,” said Singh.

“As such, we are going to make a provision under the mandi laws, and have conducted 3-4 meetings in the National Capital Region (NCR) to make Gurgaon a hub for flowers, while Sonepat and Panipat would be made hubs for vegetables and Karnal for indigenous cow’s milk. We are also in talks with Uttar Pradesh in this regard,” he added.

He also informed that laboratories were being set up in electronic wholesale markets to check the quality of the farmers’ produce, so that any trader or farmer can purchase or sell the same across India.

“These facilities are already available within the states, but now we are working towards making it feasible inter-state and goods and services tax (GST) will play a significant role in this regard,” informed Singh.

He said that the government would also work towards improving the mandi laws and try to establish them in the private sector by improving marketing-related laws.

“We have made amendments in marketing-related laws in about 22 states and licenses are being issued to set up mandis in the private sector,” the minister added.

Talking about the impact of demonetisation on the agriculture sector, Singh said that the Centre’s move to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes had not affected the sowing of rabi crops.

“It is a huge decision, so the inconvenience being caused is quite natural. Opposition to demonetisation is equivalent to supporting black money, terrorism and fake currency. People should refrain from taking political advantage of this issue,” he added.

 
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