Agriculture Minister launches eNAM Platform of Platforms (PoP)
Recently the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched the Platform of Platforms (PoP) under the National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) on the lines of the State Agriculture and Horticulture Ministers' Conference in Bangalore, Karnataka.
Platform of Platforms (POP)
e-NAM integrates a platform of service providers as a "Platform of Platforms", which includes
1. Holistic Service Providers (Service providers that provide comprehensive services for the trading of agricultural produce, including services related to quality testing, trading, payment systems and logistics).
2. Logistics Service Provider, Quality Assurance Service Provider, Cleaning, Grading, Sorting & Packaging Service Provider, Warehousing Facility Service Provider, Agricultural Input Service Provider, Technology Enabled Finance & Insurance Service Provider.
3. Information dissemination portals (advisory services, crop forecasts, weather updates, capacity building of farmers etc.), other platforms (e-commerce, international agri-business platforms, barter, private market platforms) etc.
Benefits of POP
This will increase the digital access of farmers to multiple markets, buyers, service providers and improve the price discovery mechanism, price realisation and bring transparency in business transactions.
41 service providers from different platforms are covered on POP facilitating various value chain services such as trading, assaying, warehousing, fintech, market information, transportation etc.
The PoP will create a digital ecosystem, which will benefit from the expertise of different platforms in different segments of the agricultural value chain.
The inclusion of various service providers will not only enhance the value of the e-NAM platform but also give the users of the platform options to avail services from different service providers.
It enables farmers, FPOs, traders and other stakeholders to access a wide variety of goods and services across the agricultural value chain through a single window, thereby giving more options to the stakeholders.
About e-NAM Portal
The portal named e-NAM (eNAM) was launched by the central government in April 2016.
National Agriculture Market (eNAM) is a pan-India electronic trading portal that integrates the existing APMC mandis to create a unified national market for agricultural produce.
Small Farmers Agribusiness Association (SFAC) is the lead agency to implement eNAM under the aegis of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India.
At present, 150 commodities including food grains, oilseeds, fibre, vegetables and fruits are being traded on the e-NAM portal. Also more than 1,005 'Farmer Producer Organisations' are registered on it.
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