Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh will be reviewing the progress of two priority programmes of the Government namely National Agricultural Market (e-NAM) and Soil Health Card on July 5, 2017 at Krishi Bhawan in New Delhi which houses the headquarters of Union Agriculture Ministry.
Ministers of Agri-marketing from the 13 States, markets of which have integrated to e-NAM, and State Agriculture Ministers of some selected States will be attending along with their senior State officials. The progressive agri-market reforms being driven by Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare and NITI Aayog incorporated in the new model Agriculture Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2017 will also be discussed to encourage the States to adopt the suggested provisions at the earliest to bring in the benefits for the farmers.
As many as 455 markets from 13 States have been integrated to the national web based portal of e-NAM with the registration of over 47 lakh farmers and 91,000 traders. This innovative market process is revolutionising agri markets by ensuring better price discovery, bringing in transparency and competition to enable farmers to get improved remuneration for their produce moving towards “One Nation One Market”.
The Soil Health Card scheme is helping the farmers to know the nutrition status of their land and receiving advisory for rationalisation of inputs, thereby reducing costs and increasing returns through appropriate cropping patterns. The second cycle which began from May 1, 2017 is building on the learnings of the first cycle so as to improve efficiency and make its use more acceptable by the farmers. So far nine crore soil health cards have been distributed to farmers in all the States of the country. The review meeting will enable Central and State Governments to jointly address issues to take these programmes forward thereby contributing to enhancing farmers income – the prime objective of all the programmes of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.