In the first part of this two-part series, we covered the various diverse perspectives that are emerging on Farm Loan Waivers in India and presented a new perspective – linking Commodity Spot Markets with short-term credit linkage initiatives to enhance famers’ bargaining power that will lead to better realisations for their agriculture produce.
It is a matter of great pride that our initiative with the Government of Karnataka – ‘Unified Agriculture Market’ has won the Common Wealth Association of Public Administration International Innovation Awards – CAPAM 2018 in the ‘innovation in public services management’category at Guyana on October 24, 2018.
When it comes to marketing surplus agricultural produce in India, approximately 30% is traded through regulated agricultural markets, popularly known as Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC) or Mandis.
When it comes to agriculture market reforms to enhance farmers’ income, the success story of Karnataka’s Unified Market Platform (UMP)* stands out. By seamlessly connecting all 157 mandis (APMCs) in the State through the UMP and introducing the ‘Unified License’ – a single trading license for purchase and sale of agricultural produce through any APMC in the State – Karnataka has pioneered in successfully creating India’s first State Agriculture Market (SAM).