The central government has achieved the milestone of integrating 1,000 wholesale mandis, located in 18 states and 3 UTs with e-NAM, a pan-India electronic trading portal.
In the first phase, 585 mandis were integrated while 415 mandis were integrated under the second phase.
It is to be noted here that the government on April 2 launched new features of e-NAM platform in order to strengthen agriculture marketing and decongest mandis amidst COVID-19 outbreak:
- Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-NWRs) module in e-NAM software
- FPO trading module to enable FPOs to upload their produce from their collection centres or premise for the process of bidding
- Logistics Module for seamless transportation of Agri produce
Due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown and need for social distancing in wholesale markets, farmers are moving on to the eNAM platform.
To recap, e-NAM (National Agriculture Market) was launched in 2016 in order to provide for contactless remote bidding and mobile-based payment. The platform connects the existing APMC mandis to a unified national market.
The purpose of the online market is to help farmers identify the best buyers, maintain quality standards, among others.