Farmers will get a better value for their products after the electronic launch of the electronic National Agricultural Market (e-NAM) portal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A total of 25 commodities, including onion, potato, apple, wheat, pulses, coarse grains and cotton have been identified for online trading. Following this development, farmers in eight states will be able to sell these commodities online in 21 wholesale mandis.
Eventually, 585 wholesale mandis across the country are expected to be integrated with the national e-agriculture market by March 2018. After the integration takes place, the Centre will allow inter-state sale of agri-produce.
The agriculture ministry has received proposals from 12 States for integration of 365 wholesale mandis. Of these, 21 mandis from eight States (UP, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh) have been selected for the pilot launch.