Bhubaneswar, July 17: The Odisha State Agricultural Marketing (OSAM) Board bagged the SKOCH AWARD 2023 for eNAM in Silver Category Agriculture. The Board under the administrative control of the Cooperation Department has achieved the new height in the cooperative sector with successful on-boarding of all 66 Regulated Marking Committees (RMCs) of the State in the e-NAM portal.
Odisha has left many agriculturally advanced States in the country far behind and has achieved the unique feat of 100 per cent onboarding of its agricultural markets under all RMCs.
It is pertinent to mention here that 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 left many agriculturally advanced states in the country far behind and has achieved the unique feat of 100% onboarding of its agricultural markets under all RMCs.
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 of 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.
Further 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.