Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launch ceremony of e-NAM - the e-trading platform for the National Agriculture Market, in New Delhi on April 14, 2016 (Photo: IANS/PIB)
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched an e-trading platform
for agricultural products, terming it a "turning point" to ensure
transparency in buying and selling of farmers' produce across the
The Internet-based e-NAM (National Agriculture Market) is
aimed at integrating 'mandis' to help both farmers and buyers by
providing them data of produce available, its quality and the price
being offered at the bidding markets.
"This is a turning point
for the agriculture community. The agriculture sector has to be looked
at holistically, and it is only then that maximum benefit of the farmer
can be ensured," said Modi, addressing a gathering of farmers at Vigyan
Bhawan here on the occasion.
He said that the e-trading platform
will help farmers and buyers access a huge market and help them to
decide for themselves by providing choices.
"It's (e-NAM) a very
big possibility. This is for the time that the farmers will be able to
decide where, when and on what price they want to sell their produce,"
Modi said amid cheers from the audience.
Initially 21 mandis from eight states have been linked to the NAM and as he pressed a button, all 21 logged in to the portal.
The government plans to link 200 mandis to the portal within five months and 585 by March 2018.
Modi also emphasised that farmers' income can be doubled only by applying scientific methods.
example of a child, who would not be benefited if bathed in a bucket of
milk but would grow faster if fed in small quantities by a spoon, he
said that that flood irrigation was a "thing of past" and new techniques
of drip irrigation were to be adopted in the 21st century.
He also urged farmers to get their soil tested and then farm accordingly.
on the occasion, union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha
Mohan Singh said that the government was working hard for the welfare of
the farmers and launch of eNAM is a step in this direction.
Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it was a "day of change" that will empower farmers.
of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Mohan Bhai Kundaria and
Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha and
Agriculture Secretary Shobhana Patnaik were also present on the