Inter-state trade kicks off at e-National Agriculture Market

The NDA government’s flagship programme electronic national agriculture market (e-NAM) has started inter-state trade on its platform, facilitating traders of one state to buy agricultural produce of a different state.

Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have allowed trading through the e-NAM platform following which farmers of Uttar Pradesh have been able to sell their vegetables such as tomato, potato, brinjal and cauliflower to traders outside the state, a government statement said. The e-NAM portal was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2016.

Even as the country’s annual production of agriculture and horticulture crops estimated at about 590 million tonne, the traded volume of agricultural produce on e-NAM was only 10.9 million tonne in 2017-18, though up from 5.5 million tonne a year earlier. The traded value rose to Rs 28,255 crore in last fiscal from Rs 13,274 crore in 2016-17, according to official data on the e-NAM portal. During April-December this fiscal, over 6 million tonne of commodities valued at about Rs 17,500 crore have been traded on it.

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