National Agricultural Markets (E-Names) and Soil Health Card (Important) (Download PDF)


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In order to double farmers’ income by 2022 many schemes were launched. Two most important once are National Agricultural Markets and Soil Health Card. The following are most important pillars towards this goal:

  • Cost of production should be reduced and productivity should be increased
  • Diversify and adopt other agricultural activities such as animal husbandry, poultry, goat rearing, bee keeping, and timber plantation
  • Get regulated markets close to their farms to sell their produce and earn profitable returns

Soil Health Card

Scheme of the Government to promote the use of fertilizers based on analysis of Soil Health and enable farmers to get maximum yields at lower cost with minimum damage to the ecosystem

  • 9 crore Soil Health Cards distributed so far
  • Launched in February 2015
  • SHC to be provided to more than 12 crore farmers once every 2 years
  • Comprehensive testing of soil samples on 12 parameters including the status of micro-nutrients
  • Scheme expected to be completed by July 2017

National Agricultural Markets

Scheme provides an online portal to the farmers for electronic trading and provides a transparent market enabling price discovery and competition. Under the scheme, each Mandi is provided assistance of Rs. 30 lakh for the purpose of preparing necessary infrastructure in the integrated regulated markets. Amount has been increased to Rs. 75 lakh.

  • Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the National Agricultural Markets (e-NAM) scheme on July 1,2015
  • As part of the pilot project, 21 Mandis of 8 states were linked to e-National Agricultural Markets (e-NAM)
  • Give farmers access to prices of different Mandis and facility to sell their products transparently for highest price
  • Farmer gets the value according to the quality
  • Quality checked before electronic bidding
  • e-NAM an important milestone in digital India

Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act

  • New model called Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act inaugurated on 24/04/2017.
  • Provides the facility of creating private market yards and farmer-consumer markets.
  • States enforcing the act to make it easier for the farmers to have a liberal market available
  • Based on “ease of doing business” to encourage direct marketing.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 6, 2017

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