Union government’s efforts to integrate agriculture mandis across the country with a dedicated digital platform has seen over 400 local markets becoming a part of this initiative. According to a government release, so far 417 markets from 13 states have been integrated with e-National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) against the set target of 400 markets by March, 2017.
Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana top the list with integration of 66, 58 and 54 markets respectively. Telangana and Gujarat too have fared well on this front.
National Agriculture Market (NAM) is a pan-India electronic trading portal which networks the existing APMC mandis to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities. The NAM Portal provides a single window service for all APMC related information and services. This includes commodity arrivals & prices, buy & sell trade offers, provision to respond to trade offers, among other services. While material flow (agriculture produce) continue to happen through mandis, an online market reduces transaction costs and information asymmetry. As per the approved e-NAM Scheme, 585 regulated mandis across the country are to be integrated with the portal by March, 2018.