Prasanta Kumar Swain, Joint Secretary, Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare, received the award on behalf of eNAM.
Aimed at freeing farmers from the clutches of middlemen by ensuring a rightful price for farm produce, the Electronic National Agriculture Market (eNAM), an e-commerce platform, provides a unified national market for agricultural commodities by creating a pan-Indian network of APMC mandis.
Formed under the aegis of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, eNAM has enrolled 585 mandis across 16 States and two UTs. Over 1.31 crore farmers and 1.2 lakh traders are registered on eNAM, and over 40.8 lakh tonnes have been traded.
The platform aims to promote uniformity in agriculture marketing by streamlining procedures across the integrated markets, remove the ‘information imbalance’ between buyers and sellers, and promote real-time price discovery.
Expanding its scope of operations, eNAM (on whose behalf Prasanta Kumar Swain, Joint Secretary, Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare, received the award) is now bring Farmer Producer Organisation onto its platform.