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Northeast’s first regional Centre for Agriculture with Israeli collaboration to come up in Mizoram

Northeast India’s first regional Centre for Agriculture with collaboration of Israel will be inaugurated in Mizoram in March 2018. It will be first such centre in North East region of India being established with Israeli collaboration.

There are 22 such operational centres setup across India with support of Israel including in states of Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab. The first centre was established in 2008 in Haryana.

Centre for Agriculture

This centre will be exclusively for processing of citrus fruits and will cater to the whole north east. It has been set up with tripartite collaboration of Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of Israel and Mizoram Government. Israel will provide expertise knowledge and professional support to the centre.

Significance

It will benefit the farmers of the north eastern region in the long run and will also encourage the farmers from other regions. It will serve as model of learning for other countries in Indian sub-continent. It will benefit the people of North East in the area of innovation, especially for start-ups.

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Government launches six new user friendly features of e-NAM Platform

The Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare have launched six new features of National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Platform to make it more users friendly.

The six new features are e-NAM Mobile App, BHIM payment facility, new and improved Website with eLearning Module, MIS Dashboard, Grievance Redressal Management System for Mandi Secretaries and Integration with Farmer Database.

e-NAM Platform

e-NAM is one of major and important flagship schemes implemented by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare. Its objective is to provide competitive and remunerative price to farmers for their produce through online competitive and transparent bidding process.

e-NAM is pan-India e-trading platform. It is designed to create unified national market for agricultural commodities. Its objective is to provide competitive and remunerative price to farmers for their produce through online competitive and transparent bidding process.

It integrates Central Farmer Database to increase the efficiency and reduce queue time. It was launched in 21 Mandis in April 2016 and now expanded to 479 Mandis across 14 states and 1 Union Territory. It is now available in 8 different languages and its live trading facility is available in six different languages.

Using it, farmers can showcase their produce online from their nearest market and traders can quote price from anywhere. It seeks to increase number of traders and greater competition. It will also ensure open price discovery and better returns to farmers.

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