The government’s move to integrate 585 regulated wholesale markets or Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) under one electronic platform for allowing farmers to sell their produce to highest bidders may stumble upon the refusal of the biggest mandis — Azadpur (Delhi) and Vasi (Mumbai) to cooperate.
Sources told FE that 14 states which have amended their respective APMC acts for making provision for e-trading include — Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Telangana and Uttarakhand. However sources said many states who have amended their APMCs acts are yet to make changes for allowing fruits and vegetables sale through e-trading platform.
“Farmers face price volatility in selling their fruits and vegetables as they are perishable while in case of other commodities such as grains and pulses, there are several traders involved in procurement,” an official said.
Seventeen states and union territories have included the provision of single point levy of market fee in their APMC acts and 15 other states have made provision of single unified licence to validate trading across the entire state.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced setting up of Unified Agriculture Marketing Scheme which envisages a common e-market platform that will be deployed in selected 585 regulated wholesale markets. “Amendments to the APMC Acts of the states are a pre-requisite to join this e-platform. Twelve states have already amended their APMC Acts and are ready to come on board. More states are expected to join this platform in the coming year,” Jaitley had said. The government would launch Unified Agricultural Marketing E Platform from April 14, 2016. Till September, 2016, 200 mandis would be linked to the e-trading portal.