Farmers to be introduced to online agri-wholesale market on April 14

NAM will be launched on the birth anniversary of Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar on April 14.

GN Bureau | February 29, 2016


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Finance minister Arun Jaitely, presenting the budget 2016-17 on Monday, said that the national agriculture marketing (NAM) e-platform will be launched on the birth anniversary of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar on April 14.

NAM is a central government project that aims to bring state-run agriculture markets of across the country at a single e-platform. Initiatives including NAM, Jaitely said, aim to double the farmers’ income by 2022.
 
The finance minister said that three specific initiatives will be encouraged to ensure minimum support price (MSP) reaches to all the farmers. “First, the remaining state will be encouraged to take-up decentralized procurement.  Second, an online procurement system will be undertaken through the food corporation of India.   Third, effective arrangements will be made for pulses procurement.”
 
To integrate states’ agriculture markets, the government has allocated Rs 200 crore for the project, undertaken in 2015. The centre has received proposals from over 400 mandis from states of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and the union territory of Chandigarh.
 
By 2018, the central government is aiming to connect 585 state-run agri markets to NAM.
 
For farmers to be able to access the online platform, Jaitely said digital literacy drive will be undertaken under two programmes including national digital literacy mission’ and digital saksharta abhiyan’ (DISHA).
 
Digital literacy mission scheme that aims to cover around six crore additional households, has been revamped under Digital India campaign. It will be implemented on April 1.

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