Union govt’s online trading platform gets lukewarm response from Kerala farmers


eNAM / Photo: https://enam.gov.in/

Kozhikode: Kerala witnessed business worth only Rs 30 lakh through the Union government’s online trading platform National Agriculture Market (eNAM) in the last two-and-a-half years.

It was in 2020 that six agri wholesale markets across the state were equipped for online trading under eNAM. They are in Vengeri (Kozhikode), Sultan Bathery (Wayanad), Maradu, Muvattupuzha (Ernakulam), Anayara and Nedumangad (Thiruvananthapuram).

As of now, 3,000 farmers, 400 trade entities and 40 farmer producer organisations have registered with the platform. According to state coordinator of eNAM MV Sreeram, the agenda is to attract more farmers to the platform.

The platform facilitates farmers, trade entities and buyers to be involved in online trading of agricultural commodities. The objective is to avoid middlemen and provide better deals for parties involved.

193 commodities can be traded through the platform. The quality and quantity of the commodities reaching the markets will be uploaded online. The buyers can bid the prices even without physically visiting the market. They can transport the produce once the payment is completed.

(With inputs from Aprana Raj)

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