Mandi-mandi business on e-NAM more than doubled from April to December.

Trade between e-NAM (National Agricultural Market) more than doubled in the nine months of 2023-2024. Answering a question in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, Union Agriculture and Rural Welfare Minister Arjun Munda said inter-manda trade grew from ₹ 436.3 billion to ₹ 7,103,101,103,000 in 2022-23 December (April). -24 (April-December). e-NAM inter-state trade increased from ₹ 1 billion in 2022-23 (April-December) to ₹ 40 billion in 2023-24 (April-December). Till December 31, ₹ 3 lakh has been registered on the e-NAM platform.

e-NAM is a pan-India e-commerce portal that plans to connect the existing physical APMCs (Agricultural Produce Market Committees) through a virtual platform to create a single national market for agricultural commodities. This platform provides a single window service for all information and services related to APMC. This includes, but is not limited to, commodity arrivals, quality and prices, offers to buy and sell, responding to offers and making electronic payments directly to the farmer’s account. 1361 Mandis were incorporated in the e-NAM platform. March 2023 and had 1.8 million registered farmers.

Artificial intelligence to solve agricultural problems

In a separate inquiry into the use of artificial intelligence in solving agricultural problems, the minister said that the ministry used artificial intelligence methods to help farmers solve various challenges in the agricultural sector. Citing the example of ‘Kisan e-Mitra’, an AI-powered chat platform that helps farmers with PM Kisan Samman Nidhi (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi) system questions, he said the solution supports multiple languages ​​and is evolving to help with other government programs. Referring to the use of the National Management System to combat production losses due to climate change, he said the system uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify crop problems, allowing timely intervention for healthier crops.

Wheat, Rice Production

To another question related to food grain production, Munda said the state produced a record food grain production of 3,296.87 lakh tonnes (lt) in the agricultural year 2022-23, an increase of 30.82 percent from 25.52 percent. up to 25,520. In 2014-15. The production of rice, wheat and pulse in 2022-2023 was 1,357.55 liters, 1,105.54 liters and 260.58 liters, that is 28.7 percent, 27.75 percent more than 7 527 liters. 2014-15 1054.82 liters, 865.27 liters, and 171.54 liters.

“The increase in food grain production in the country is due to the increase in the budget of the agricultural sector and the successful implementation of various schemes and programs of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

PM KISAN

To a separate question about recovery of the PM-KISAN fund, the minister said that individual states have reported cases of fraudulent transactions under the scheme. The concerned state governments later recovered from the fraudulent beneficiaries. A total of ₹335 crore has been recovered from such beneficiaries. It is the responsibility of the states/federal states to identify and verify the eligible beneficiaries of the scheme as per scheme guidelines. The benefits are transferred to the beneficiaries through the direct transfer of benefits in the PM-KISAN portal based on the verified information received from the States/Union Territories. The PM-KISAN portal is integrated with Unique Identification Authority of India portals for aadhaar verification so that states/federal states can automatically validate beneficiary details. with the state financial management system to verify accounts and information of state employees/pensioners; with the income tax department to confirm the status of the income tax recipient; and with the National Payments Corporation of India for account verification and Aadhaar-based payments.

Eligible farmers are registered and dead/ineligible beneficiaries are removed by continuously checking and validating beneficiary information. States/Union States have been given the option to mark the beneficiaries as ineligible after due verification and vice versa. eKYCo of all beneficiaries will also be done to check their status. States/UTs have been asked to speed up filling of the system with all eligible beneficiaries and removal of eligible beneficiaries.

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