The NDA government’s flagship programme, electronic national agriculture market (e-NAM), launched by PM Modi in 2016, facilitates inter-state trading of agricultural produce.
“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,” a government official said. “Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh are the other states where inter-mandi trade within the state has already commenced.”
“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 realize higher prices for their produce,” according to the official.
India’s annual production of agriculture and horticulture crops is estimated at about 590 million tonnes, but in 2017-2018 the traded volume of agricultural produce on e-NAM was only 10.9 million tonnes. The traded value rose to Rs 28,255 crore in last fiscal from Rs 13,274 crore in 2016-17, according to government data. During April-December this year, over 6 million tonnes of goods worth about Rs 17,500 crore have been traded on it.