Online Trading Platform for Farm Goods: M S Swaminathan
Chennai, April 16, 2016: The launch of a National Agriculture Market portal (e-NAM) by the Government of India is a welcome and timely step. It will help to increase the bargaining power of farmers provided they are trained in the effective use of this technology. Assured and remunerative marketing is the best way of stimulating and sustaining high productivity. In addition to this initiative there is an urgent need for implementing the recommendations of the National Commission on Farmers in the chapter dealing with the establishment of an Indian Single Market. This will help to avoid constraints in the movement of grains and also will help to establish an Indian Trade Organisation which will function at the National Level in the same way at WTO at the Global level. The agriculture market reform has begun and it should now be taken to its logical end namely a strong farmer centric single market covering the country as a whole.
Ref: Chapter III: Indian Single Market, “Serving Farmers And Saving Farming 2006 : Year of Agricultural Renewal”. Third Report of the National Commission on Farmers.
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