Doubling Farmers’ Income Current Affairs - 2020

E-NAM completes four years of service

On April 14, 2020, the Electronic-National Agricultural Market completed four years of implementation. It was developed under the concept of “One Nation One Market”.

About E-NAM

E-NAM is managed by the Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC). It provides single service for all APMC (Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee) related activities. Today there are more than 450 APMCs listed under E-NAM for trade.

It operates through an online portal that is linked to the state mandis. The states should provide software for these mandis free of cost.

Functions of E-NAM

E-NAM provides information and trading of commodities. It aggregates quantity of supplies traded. The platform provides cashless transactions. It offers access to soil testing and provides elementary amenities for sorting and packing to farmers.

Working of E-NAM

A representative of the Government will be appointed for every mandi. His tenure is for one year and he is responsible for smooth and seamless operation of the portal.

APEDA signs MoUs to implement Agriculture Export Policy

The Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA) has signed Memorandum of Understandings with IIT Delhi, Quality Council of India (QCI) and Indian Chamber of Food and Agriculture (ICFA).

Agriculture Export Policy

The Agriculture Export Policy was launched in 2018. It aims to increase the agricultural export potential of the country. It is highly important to increase the exports of agricultural products in order to achieve the goal of “Doubling Farmers Income” by 2022.

IIT-Delhi

With IIT-Delhi, APEDA has signed agreement in the field of technologies. The IIT-Delhi will share its research laboratories with APEDA under the agreement. It will also help in improvising farm machineries. The institute is to develop ripening indices, protocols to export horticultural produce by sea.

QCI and ICFA

The QCI will develop training materials for INDGAP scheme. INDGAP is India Good Agriculture Practices. The ICFA will help APEDA to organize community specific trade events. It will also help agricultural start ups in scaling up their business.