Dear friends I would be very please to learn more about the traditional knowledge and practices from around the world that may give more insights for developing simple and viable interventions that can be implemented without depending or less dependence on modern technology.
Union Agriculture Ministry, Government of India has launched a pilot of a pan-India trading portal, National Agricultural Market (NAM) on 14th April, 2016 to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities. Through this platform, farmers can showcase their produce online from their nearest market and traders can quote price from anywhere. Currently it is covering 25 commodities and 21 markets across 8 states in the country. Earlier, prices in the market were determined by a few persons but now through e-trading, farmers will be able to gain more as assured by the Ministry. There are still some hurdles which states desiring to join NAM would face - to integrate a wholesale market with the online platform, the state governments are required to amend their Agricultural Production and Marketing Commodities Act to ensure a single license for trading to be valid across the state, single-point levy of market fee and provision of electronic auction as mode of price recovery. However, what remains unanswered is on how the e-marketing will be effective and the farming community, most of whom are not digitally literate. Unless the small scale farmers are collectivized, and their produce are delivered collectively, reaching wholesale markets would still remain a challenge.