Current Affairs – May, 2020

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E-Nam: 200 new Mandis integrated

On May 1, 2020, around 200 Mandis were added to the E-NAM platform. The mandis were from 7 different states. They were joined through a video conference held by the Union Minister of Agriculture Shri Narendra Singh Tomar.

Highlights

The mandis added were from the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. These addends have brought the number of E-Nam mandis in the country to 785.

What is special about the step?

For the first time, a mandi from the state of Karnataka has been added to the E-NAM platform. Also, E-NAM has been integrated with the Rashtriya E-Market Service of Karnataka. This is the first time, two trading platforms of agriculture commodities have been integrated in India. This will help in inter-state trade development.

E-Nam

The National Agriculture Market was launched in 2016. It facilitates farmers, buyers and traders to trade their commodities online. More than 90 commodities are listed and are available for trade. The features of E-NAM were enhanced by attractive launchings such as BHIM, MIS dashboard, etc.

BHIM is Bharat Interface for Money. It is an application developed by National Payment Corporation of India. The app supports all the banks in the country and also helps user to transfer money instantly.

Kisan Sabha Application developed by CSIR launched

On May 1, 2020, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Road Research Institute (CSIR-CRRI) launched Kisan Sabha Application. The application was launched to connect farmers to freight transportation and supply chain.

Highlights

The application aims in providing timely support to farmers and help in increasing their profit. This is possible as the application minimizes interference of middle men and connects with the institutional buyers directly. Thus, the farmers are able to get best market rates for their crops. The rates are easily obtained better than the nearby mandi.

Functions of the application

The application helps the farmers in the following ways

  • The application connects the transporters and farmers. It also helps service providers, mandi dealers and other customers like online stores, retail outlets and institutional buyers.
  • The portal also acts as single stop to every agriculture related entity.
  • Apart from farmers and transporters, the application is also helpful for dealers who are involved in pesticides and fertilizer business.
  • There are 6 major modules that are operated by the application. They include mandi dealers, farmers, transporters, service providers, consumers and mandi board members.

Background

Before designing the application, a detailed survey was conducted in Asia’s biggest Azadpur Mandi. Under the study, major challenges like wastage and produce being sold at lowest rates were studied.

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