It is the priority of the Government of India that farmers get better prices of their produce.

Chandigarh, October 11- With a view to doubling the farmers’ income, it is the priority of the Government of India that farmers get better prices of their produce. For this Government has taken historic decisions such as providing 1.5 times more price of the cultivation cost borne by the farmers and providing e-NAM (National Agriculture Market) platform to ensure better prices of their produce.

          This was stated by the Chairman of the Committee on Doubling the Farmers Income and CEO of the National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), Dr. Ashok Dalwai in World Union of Wholesale Markets Conference in Gurugram today.

         He said that two years ago, e-NAM was implemented in the country for farmers to enable them in selling their produce at competitive prices in any of the connected Mandis. This proved to be a success as business of more than Rs 50,000 crore has so far been done through this e-NAM platform. He said that more than 1.19 crore farmers, 1.18 lakh traders, more than 66,000 commission agents and 383 Farmer Producer Organisations of 20 states were connected with e-NAM platform.  As many as 585 mandis and 90 commodities have been registered on e-NAM platform, he added.

          Appreciating the efforts of Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar, Dr. Dalwai said that 54 mandis of Haryana have been linked with e-NAM. With the setting up of e-NAM, single point levy market fee, e-trading and unified license have come into trend, which is valid in all mandis.

CEO, National Center for Cold Chain Development formed by Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Dr. Pawanexh Kohli said that in order to promote cold storage units in the country, arrangements are being made to simplify rules and grant subsidy. It is the need of hour to have good cold storage to stop wastage of fruits, vegetables and food grains, and to ensure that these products reached to the world market. Apart from this, packaging, labelling and transportation system were also being improved, he added.

Dr. Pawanexh said that by utilising the e-NAM platform, the farmers of Haryana have been able to sell items such as American cotton, bajra, rice, wheat, potato and jaggery at highest prices prevailing in the market.

          On this occasion, Vice-Chancellor, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Science, Hisar, Dr. Gurdial Singh presented mementos to officers of Government of India.