“One Nation One Market”: Amid COVID-19, 177 New Mandis Added to eNAM

Earlier today, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Tomar launched the integration of 177 new mandis; with the National Agriculture Market (eNAM). Especially, to strengthen agriculture marketing and facilitate farmers to sell their harvested produce through the online portal. The mandis merged today as Gujarat (17), Haryana (26), J&K (1), Kerala (5), Maharashtra (54), Odisha (15), Punjab (17), Rajasthan (25), Tamil Nadu (13) and West Bengal (1). The Union Minister launched the new mandis via video conferencing.

The objective of merging the existing mandis to e-mandis is the establishment of “One Nation One Market”; launched on 14th April 2016 for agricultural commodities in India. Explicitly, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar referred to the e-NAM portal as visualized by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. That is, as an ambitious use of technology for the benefit of farmers. Earlier, 785 mandis were integrated with eNAM across 17 States and 2 UTs. To list, with the launch of 177 new mandis, the total number of eNAM mandis across the country is 962.

Notably, to decongest mandis amid COVID-19, the Union Agriculture Minister launched the FPO trade module, Logistics module, and E-Negotiable Warehouse Receipts module. Now, eNAM Portal provides a single-window service for all APMC related information and services which includes commodity arrivals, quality & prices, provision to respond to trade offers and electronic payment settlement directly into farmers’ accounts. Thus, providing them with better access to the market.