JAMMU, AUG 3: Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Agriculture Production Department, Atal Dulloo today formally linked 9 new mandis viz – Anantnag, Chrar-sharif, Handwara, Kathua, Kulgam, Pulwama, Sopore Shopian and Udhampur – with eNAM or National Agriculture Market.
Pertinently, fruit and vegetable markets of Narwal and Parimpora have been linked with eNAM since 2019.
Upon review, the ACS directed the officers to ensure increased participation and registration of farmers and traders for successful implementation of eNAM. He advised that the quantity of trade in the existing and new mandis also be increased significantly.
He instructed the officers to encourage electronic payments. Only e-payments can ensure that farmers are getting the right price for their produce, he said. He also directed the officials to functionalise and operate the newly linked mandis to their optimum capacity.
He advised the officers to formulate a definite road map and generating awareness among farmers, traders and commission agents for success of eNAM. He also gave nod to a couple of interventions suggested by the officers.
The meeting was attended by Director Horticulture Planning & Marketing Vishesh Paul Mahajan, Director Horticulture Jammu/ Kashmir, Director Agriculture Jammu/ Kashmir and Managing Director, J&K Agro Development Corporation, Arun Manhas among other officers.