Turning the spotlight on market access infra

Gordon B. Johnson

Receiving farmers the right rate for their develop is an situation that successive governments because Independence have grappled with. The failure of the Agriculture Develop Market place Committees (APMC) to make certain no cost and good trade at mandis, as highlighted by quite a few scientific tests, has compounded the […]

Receiving farmers the right rate for their develop is an situation that successive governments because Independence have grappled with. The failure of the Agriculture Develop Market place Committees (APMC) to make certain no cost and good trade at mandis, as highlighted by quite a few scientific tests, has compounded the trouble. With agriculture falling less than the Condition Record, the progress on this front has been slow.

On the other hand, the introduction of the ‘electronic Countrywide Agriculture Market’ (eNAM) by the Centre in 2015, which it hoped will provide transparency and support farmers with no disturbing the APMC framework was a important initiative. Between 2015-sixteen and 2017-eighteen, 585 mandis throughout the nation were being joined to one particular common system.

Today, a whole of one.65 crore traders registered on eNAM are reaping the positive aspects. That mentioned, the farmers however encounter numerous hiccups when it arrives to marketing. For one particular, eNAM has not been carried out in all mandis throughout the nation. This is mainly because Condition governments, cautious of bothersome the commission agent and traders’ lobby, have not been supportive. Even in e-NAM mandis, inter-mandi and inter-Condition trade is nonetheless to choose off in a massive way. The model Agricultural Develop and Livestock Promoting (Promotion and Facilitation) Act has also not been adopted by numerous States. Farmers also encounter hurdles in marketing specifically to customers outdoors the mandi or in deal farming.

 

 

 

As items stand these days, farmers carry on to be at the mercy of traders and commission brokers. There is a urgent require to address the marketing difficulties confronted by the farmers and make certain that he will get a higher share of each rupee a buyer spends. The BusinessLine Agri Summit scheduled to choose spot in Delhi on February 27 and 28 will deliberate on developing the right marketplace entry infrastructure for farmers. Industry experts will brainstorm on means to extend eNAM, unclog the bottleneck in agri marketing chain, and provide right marketplace facts and warehousing infrastructure that could improve farmers profits.

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