The Government has launched National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Scheme to create an online transparent competitive bidding system, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has informed the Rajya Sabha.
NEW DELHI, Dec 4 (The CONNECT) - Over 1.72 crore farmers and 2.05 lakh traders have been registered on the Union Government’s e-NAM platform. Also, 1000 mandis of 18 States and 3 UTs have been integrated with e-NAM platform as on 29th November 2021, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar has informed the Rajya Sabha.
As part of its initiatives to enable digitalisation of agricultural sector in the country and to promote agri-tech business, the Government has launched National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Scheme to create an online transparent competitive bidding system to facilitate farmers with remunerative prices for their produce.
The Government has also finalized an India Digital Ecosystem of Agriculture (IDEA) framework which would lay down the architecture for the federated farmers’ database is being built by taking the publicly available data as existing in various schemes and linking them with the digitized land records, Tomar said yesterday in reply to a question.
The IDEA would serve as a foundation to build innovative agri-focused solutions leveraging emerging technologies to contribute effectively in creating a better Ecosystem for Agriculture in India. This Ecosystem shall help the Government in effective planning towards increasing the income of farmers in particular and improving the efficiency of the agriculture sector as a whole. Further, Technology/Agritech/StartUp companies were identified and invited to collaborate with the Government of lndia and develop Proof of Concepts (PoC) based on the federated Farmers’ database. A public notice through the Department's website was also issued inviting proposals for MoU. Companies were invited to sign MoU on purely pro bono basis for a period of one year and develop PoCs. The PoCs will help in understanding solutions that can be built using available data and some of them, if found beneficial to the farmers will be scaled up at National level.