In a written reply submitted in the Lok Sabha recently, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar informed that government’s National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Scheme launched in 2016 has shown decisive signs of picking up momentum. The online platform entails facilitating transparent competitive bidding system to farmers to fetch best possible remunerative prices for their produce.
So far, 585 wholesale regulated markets of 16 States and 02 Union Territories (UTs) have been integrated with e-NAM platform. Till 25.06.2019, a total of 1,64,47,924 farmers have been registered under this scheme and trade transactions having total volume of 2,57,92,311.76 MT with total value of Rs.70784.23 crore, have been recorded on e-NAM platform till 25.06.2019.
Though there were some initial opposition from traders in few local mandis, respective local APMC authorities have promoted e-NAM through various approaches such as creation of awareness, training and motivation to stakeholders an regulatory changes to address the issues of traders for smooth implementation of e-NAM, the minister maintained in his written reply.