Focus on e-Nam at Modi's meeting on agricultural reforms

NEW DELHI: Amid a positive signal from the sector, which the government says saw limited disruptions due to the blockade, on Saturday PM held a meeting to deliberate on the sector's requirements and emphasized the diffusion of technology to make farmers more competitive in the global value chain. .

Among various topics, developing the existing National Agriculture Market (e-Nam) web portal into a larger platform to enable e-commerce was one of the important topics for discussion. This movement can transform trade in all agriculture-related products, including seeds, fertilizers, and agrochemical inputs for plant protection in the world.

The agriculture ministry has already decided to increase the e-Nam footprint to 1,000 (agricultural markets) across the country by the end of the month and amended certain provisions that would allow farmers to sell their products without visiting regulated mandis. Special emphasis was placed on reforms in the commercialization of agriculture, the management of marketable surplus, the access of farmers to institutional credit and the liberation of the various agricultural sector, a PMO statement said.