With the view of providing end to end connectivity for farmers, the government is fast tracking the integration of e-National Agriculture Market (eNAM) with farmer producer organisations (FPOs) and warehouses, which have been declared as market yards. It will then connect these FPOs and warehouses with the transport aggregator mobile App Kisan Rath for seamless supply linkages to intra-state and inter-state buyers
The App is reported to bring together 5 lakh trucks and 20,000 tractors on mobile platform for transporting farm produce to markets from farm gate. The eNAM aims at integration of APMCs across the country through a common online market platform to facilitate pan-India trade in agriculture commodities, providing better price discovery through transparent auction process based on quality of produce along with timely online payment.
“We want to promote barrier-free interstate and intrastate trade, preferably outside mandi premises. For that we need to provide logistics support and market information for farmers and farmer groups. Integration of eNAM and Kisan Rath with FPOs and warehouses will enable farmers to sell and transport their produce anywhere in the country where they get better prices,” said a senior agriculture ministry official.
He said that the government plans to create 10,000 FPOs in next five years which will be fully integrated with eNAM.
“This year we expect more than 1500 new FPOs. These will be integrated with the electronic trading platform and Kisan Rath,” he said.
The official said that integration of FPOs with eNAM will provide market information for farmers so that they can sell their produce at better prices.
“Since more than 1,000 mandis across the country are already on eNAM platform, farmers will be able to discover the spot price of specific commodities in different parts of the country. Farmers will have flexibility to sell their produce anywhere in the country. Then after that they may book truck or tractor over Kisan Rath App to transport their produce at reasonable price,” he said.
Further, e--NAM has integrated a new payment gateway solution named PAY2CORP, which is now Live. As part of the process following steps need to be followed:-
1) Once the trade is closed between trader and seller, trader clicks on payment option and lands on to the payment page with multiple payment modes.
2) If the trader wishes to pay via SBI Corporate Internet Banking, he needs to click upon the PAY2CORP tab, where he would get the option to choose SBI.
3) Trader would be directed to his SBI internet banking page & would enter his net banking credentials (Username, Password) to complete the transaction.
4) Success receipt would be generated by e-NAM, post completion of the transaction.
The long term vision is to promote uniformity in agriculture marketing by streamlining of procedures across the integrated markets, removing information asymmetry between buyers and sellers and promoting real time price discovery based on actual demand and supply.