Bhubaneswar: The Odisha state Agricultural Marketing Board (OSAM Board) has received the SKOCH AWARD 2023 for eNAM in silver category (Agriculture).
OSAM Board under Cooperative department achieved the unique feat with the successful onboarding of all 66 Regulated Marking Committees (RMCs) of the state in the e-NAM portal.
The e-NAM is a pan India online platform developed by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, with the aim to link all the buyers and sellers of agricultural produce, virtually, through the APMCs (Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees)/Regulated Market Committees (RMCs).
With only 10 RMCs in the e-NAM platform in the year 2017, Odisha has achieved the unique feat of 100 per cent onboarding of its agricultural markets under all RMCs. Moreover, the department has onboarded 401 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) to the Agri-Marketing platform.
About 400 Women Self Help Groups (WSHGs) as members of these FPOs, can now reap the benefits of this online platform in marketing their produce, Further, to boost agricultural marketing, the Cooperation department has initiated a project on Agri Marketing Network linking all 66 RMCs, 43 Krushak Bazars, 76 Municipal Markets including 800 FPOs and WSHGs.
Also, OSAM Board has entered into an agreement with the Agri-Business Incubator wing of International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), an international organisation notified by the United Nations and Government of India.