During FY 2020-21, total 37.73 lakh farmers and during FY 2021-22 (till 30th June 2021) total 8.78 lakh farmers have used e-National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) platform to sell their agricultural produces, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar said in Rajya Sabha recently in a written reply.
The major crops which are traded on e-NAM platform by farmers are paddy, wheat, cotton, chilli, soyabeans, maize, potato, chana, tomato, groundnut, mustard seeds, gaur seeds, onion, turmeric, arhar (tur/ red gram), bajra, moong whole (green gram), castor seed, lentil (masoor), sweet lemon among others, the minister informed the upper house of Indian parliament.
e-National Agriculture Market is a virtual platform integrating physical wholesale mandis and markets of different states and union territories (UTs) to facilitate online trading of agricultural and horticultural commodities through transparent price discovery method to enable farmers to realise better remunerative prices for their produce. So far, 1000 Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) markets have been integrated in 18 states and three UTs. e-NAM platform has no provision to capture prices of non e-NAM mandis. The price of agricultural produce is dependent mainly on the supply, demand, climatic conditions, location of market from production area and quality of the produce, Tomar further informed the Rajya Sabha.