e-Mandi National Agriculture Market portal
An e-mandi initiative has been launched by the Central Govt. on 14th April, 2016 to make a link between the mandis of some states and do e-business. The mandis will be interlinked electronically throughout the states so that trading will be done effortlessly and efficiently. This is considered a major step towards PM’s Digital India policy. This e-mandi initiative will be very helpful to the farmers and the low lever agricultural traders who often get exploited by the big players and middle men in the market. Thus, they the mandis will get to interact among themselves in a particular state and flourish jointly.
Building a National Agriculture Market (NAM) and its origin
The idea of NAM is to give the power to the farmers so that they get their desired prices on their products instead of getting exploited by the hands of middle men. All over the country, there is a problem of farmers and direct cultivators not getting their desired costs of their cultivation as they are unaware or unable to sell their production outside and the middlemen set in and eat up the profit. The NAM model encourages enabling the farmers to sell their products in genuine rates and get their rightful share of income. Karnataka is the state where the first model of NAM originated and the central govt. is following this Karnataka model to develop NAM in other states of the country.
What will be the project implementation policy for e-mandi in the country?
This pilot plan to interlink all the major mandis in a state with one another has been rolled out in 8 states of the nation. The mandis will share information and make communication directly with each other. The central govt. has listed some commodities which can be traded under this scheme.
Below are some important data regarding the national e-mandi scheme in India
|Sl. No.||Attributes regarding e-mandi scheme||Related Information|
|1||Name of scheme||National Agriculture Market (NAM)|
|2||Mode of interconnection of mandis||e-trading|
|3||Number of states where scheme will be launched initially||8|
|4||Name of states||Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Telangana.|
|5||Number of commodities that can be traded||25 comodities|
|6||Specific commodities||Wheat, Cotton, Potato, bajra, maize, chana, etc|
Project allocation and deadline
As per reports of the PM’s office, this policy will be implemented by March 2018. A total number of 585 such mandis have been identified where the NAM policy will be implemented throughout the nation. The e-mandi scheme in the 8 states is just a beginning to digitize the local markets of the country. Mandis across a particular state can connect electronically with another mandi which is registered under the NAM scheme, of the same state. However the main idea is to connect all the mandis together digitally, throughout the nation, for now only the mandis selected within the state will be inter-linked. A total budget allocation of Rs. 200 crore has been made by the centre for this scheme.
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