Azadpur Mandi Not Get Electronic Yet

By Business Of Agriculture on 02 Jan 2019











The Azadpur mandi, India’s largest wholesale market for agriculture produce with an annual turnover of more than Rs 150 crore, is not on the electronic National Agriculture Market (eNAM), because the local government has yet to amend rules to facilitate that, food ministry officials said. Six other mandis in the national capital are also not on the online trading platform, which aims to enhance farmers’ income, promote transparent and competitive trading and remove restrictions on movement of agriculture produce so as to develop a national market. 

Officials at the Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board (DAMB) said they were preparing a cabinet note to amend the Agricultural Produce Market Committee Act, which would make the state eligible to integrate its mandis with the eNAM portal. 

“Delhi has not yet amended its APMC Act on the requisite mandated reform to make Delhi eligible to integrate its markets with the e-NAM portal,” said a food ministry official, who added that they had been pursuing the state government for the past two years to get this done. 

“In the state APMC Act, the government has to make three market reforms to come on the electronic trading platform,” said the official. First, it should allow etrading, then give all wholesale traders a unified licence and then have a single point for the levy for market fee. 

Since the 2016 launch of eNAM, 585 regulated markets in 16 states and two union territories have integrated themselves on the portal. 

A DAMB official said the board was trying to ensure that all the mandis in Delhi are linked to the eNAM portal. “We want farmers to get good price, latest technologies in the market yards and traders to go for online bidding. A cabinet note is being prepared to amend the APMC Act,” he said. DAMB officials will visit some major mandis in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh soon to understand the working of the system, he said. The Delhi mandis are the main distribution hubs of agriculture produce in North India. There are seven APMCs and nine market yards in Delhi.