e-NAM for farmers: Modi government’s flagship programme starts inter-state trade
The NDA government’s flagship programme electronic national
agriculture market (e-NAM) has started inter-state trade on its platform,
facilitating traders of one state to buy agricultural produce of a different
Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have allowed trading through
the e-NAM platform following which farmers of Uttar Pradesh have been able to
sell their vegetables such as tomato, potato, brinjal and cauliflower to
traders outside the state.
The e-NAM portal was launched by prime minister Narendra
Modi in April 2016.
Even as the country’s annual production of agriculture and
horticulture crops estimated at about 590 million tonne, the traded volume of
agricultural produce on e-NAM was only 10.9 million tonne in 2017-18, though up
from from 5.5 million tonne a year earlier.
The traded value increased to Rs 28,255 crore in last fiscal
from Rs 13,274 crore in 2016-17.
During April-December this fiscal, over 6 million tonne of commodities
valued at about Rs 17,500 crore have been traded on it.
After the launch of inter-mandi trade within a state from
August last year, the focus shifted to inter-state trading and with the signing
of agreement between Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh governments, actual
transaction has happened.
Already eight states have allowed inter-mandi transaction on
the e-NAM platform.
The latest to join was Rajasthan while a few more states are
expected to allow inter-mandi trade by March.
Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Madhya
Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are the other states where inter-mandi
trade within the state has already commenced. The Centre last month expanded
the list of traded commodities on e-NAM to 114 from 90 earlier by including
agriculture and horticulture produce like pineapple, papaya, pumpkin, jute and
The very first inter-state transaction in tomatoes has been
carried out between traders of Bareilly APMC of Uttar Pradesh and farmers of
Haldwani APMC of Uttarakhand.
Similarly, the inter-state transactions in potatoes, brinjal
and cauliflower have also been carried out on e-NAM.
In all the cases, e-payments have been made through e-NAM
portal, which helps farmers get better market access, more buyers and realise
higher prices for their produce.
The government has decided to integrate 415 mandis under the
e-NAM platform by 2019-20 after covering 585 mandis in less than two years of
This year, the government targets to add 200 mandis and next
year the remaining 215 mandis will be linked with the electronic national
agriculture market (e-NAM).
The e-NAM portal has been managed by Small Farmers’
Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC).