Jan 3, 2019
India’s largest wholesale market for agriculture produce namely Azadpur mandi with more than Rs. 150 crore as its annual turnover is yet go electronic way.
This delay is because the local government has yet to amend rules to facilitate the procedure, said food ministry officials said.
The other six mandis in the capital also await to be on the online trading platform, with prime aim to enhance farmers’ income, promote transparent and competitive trading and remove restrictions on movement of agriculture produce so as to develop a domestic market.
Senior officials at the Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board (DAMB) informed that they are in process of making a cabinet note to amend the Agricultural Produce Market Committee Act. This note will make the state eligible to integrate their 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. The official also informed that they have been pursuing the state government since last two years to get this task done.
“In the state APMC Act, the government has to make three market reforms to come on the electronic trading platform. First, it should allow e-trading, then give all wholesale traders a unified license and then have a single point for the levy for market fee ,” said the official.
Since the launch of eNAM in 2016, 585 regulated markets in 16 states and two union territories have integrated themselves on the portal.
According to DAMB official, 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.