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).
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With ‘One Nation, One Tax’ becoming a reality in the form of GST, India has now taken a firm step towards realising its goal of becoming ‘One Nation, One Market’ for Agricultural Commodities. However, Agricultural Marketing being a State subject, special attention needs to be given by the States to be part of this grand vision. A good example is the market reforms undertaken in the State of Karnataka through the Unified Market Platform (UMP) – an Online e-Trading Platform for Agricultural Produce. Continue reading “UMP: The Next Game Changer After GST?”
Until recently, every summer, Litchis were as ubiquitous as Mangoes in most markets in North and Central India but available only in a few select markets in West and South India. This was quite understandable because Litchis, which are predominantly grown in Bihar – most notably in it’s northern district of Muzzafarpur, have a very short harvest season of 2 months (May – June), and a shelf life of only 1-2 days. While Air transport could have worked well for Muzaffarpur’s Litchi Growers to expand their market reach, poor margins due to a long chain of intermediaries played an impeding role, until now.
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