Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Current Affairs - 2019
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The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has released the final estimates for 2017-18 and the first estimates for 2018-19 of area and production of horticulture crops.
Findings from the Estimates
The important findings from the estimates are:
- India’s horticulture production is estimated to rise by 1 per cent to record 314.67 million tonnes in 2018-19 on the higher area.
- The final estimates of the 2017-18, horticulture production stood at record 311.7 MT, which is 3.7 per cent higher than the previous year and 10 per cent higher than the past five years.
- The estimates put forward that area under coverage increased to 25.87 million hectares from 25.43 million hectares.
- The Production of Onion in 2018-19 is likely to be around 23.62 million tonnes (MT) as against 23.26 MT in 2017-18.
- The Production of Potato in 2018-19 is likely to be around 52.58 MT as against 51.31 MT in 2017-18.
- The Production of Tomato in 2018-19 is likely to be around 20.51 MT as against 19.76 MT in 2017-18.
- The production of fruits is estimated to be at 97.35 MT and that of vegetables at about 187.5 MT.
The estimates are based on the information received from different states and Union territories.
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 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.