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NEW DELHI: The government is fast tracking the integration of e-National Agriculture Market (eNAM) with farmer producer organisations (FPOs) and warehouses, which have been declared as market yards, to provide end-to-end connectivity for farmers.

It will then connect these FPOs and warehouses with the transport aggregator mobile App Kisan Rath for seamless supply linkages to intra-state and inter-state buyers. The App brings together 5 lakh trucks and 20,000 tractors on mobile platform for transporting farm produce to markets from farm gate.

“We want to promote barrier-free interstate and intrastate trade, preferably outside mandi premises. For that we need to provide logistics support and market information for farmers and farmer groups. Integration of eNAM and Kisan Rath with FPOs and warehouses will enable farmers to sell and transport their produce anywhere in the country where they get better prices,” said a senior agriculture ministry official.

He said that the government plans to create 10,000 FPOs in next five years which will be fully integrated with eNAM.

“This year we expect more than 1500 new FPOs. These will be integrated with the electronic trading platform and Kisan Rath,” he said.

The official said that integration of FPOs with eNAM will provide market information for farmers so that they can sell their produce at better prices.

“Since more than 1,000 mandis across the country are already on eNAM platform, farmers will be able to discover the spot price of specific commodities in different parts of the country. Farmers will have flexibility to sell their produce anywhere in the country. Then after that they may book truck or tractor over Kisan Rath App to transport their produce at reasonable price,” he said.

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