New Delhi, May 11 : Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday launched integration of 177 new mandis with the National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) to strengthen agriculture marketing and facilitate farmers to sell their harvested produce through the online portal.
The mandis integrated are: Gujarat (17), Haryana (26), J&K (1), Kerala (5), Maharashtra (54), Odisha (15), Punjab (17), Rajasthan (25), Tamil Nadu (13) and West Bengal (1). With the launch of 177 additional mandis, the total number of eNAM mandis across the country is 962. Launching the new mandis through video conferencing, Mr Tomar said efforts should be made to strengthen eNAM further to benefit the farmers. He said the eNAM portal has been envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an ambitious use of technology for the benefit of farmers. Earlier, 785 mandis were integrated with eNAM across 17 States and 2 UTs, with a user base of 1.66 crore farmers, 1.30 lakh traders and 71,911 Commission Agents. As of May 9, total volume of 3.43 crore MT and 37.93 lakh numbers (Bamboo & Coconut) collectively worth more than Rs 1 lakh crore has been traded on eNAM platform. Digital payments worth Rs 708 crore have been done via eNAM platform, benefitting more than 1.25 lakh farmers.
eNAM facilitates trade beyond mandi/ state borders. A total of 236 mandis participated in inter- mandi trade across 12 States whereas 13 States/UT have participated in the inter-state trade allowing farmers to interact directly with distantly located traders. At present, 150 commodities, including food grains, oilseeds, fibers, vegetables and fruits, are being traded on eNAM. More than 1,005 FPOs have been registered on eNAM platform and have traded 2900 MT of agri-produce worth Rs 7.92 crore. (UNI)