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States should dismantle APMCs : Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said states are being cajoled to reject the Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) and adopt electronic National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) so that farmers get better price for their produce. e-NAM is a pan-India electronic trading portal which networks the existing APMC mandis to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities. 

e-NAM has been promoted very much by the union government and many states have agreed also to take it up at their level, she said at an event organised by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) here.

“Together with this we’re also making sure that the states are cajoled to reject APMCs. It has served its purpose at one time there’s no doubt. But today there are many difficulties associated with the agricultural produce market committee, which at every state l