An online system to provide information on agricultural markets across India is being developed and would be ready within a year. The GIS-based National Agriculture Market Atlas would help farmers access online information on production of crops and its marketing potential from anywhere in the country.
“The National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), National Informatics Centre (NIC) and Directorate of Monitoring and Inspection (DMI) are jointly preparing the GIS-based digital National Agricultural Market Atlas. It is likely to be ready in a year,” said Anurag Bhatnagar, director general, NIAM. The atlas would have information on agricultural mandis (rural markets) in different states, which would help farmers grow more remunerative crop, said Bhatnagar at a function here. NIAM had already completed a pilot prototype study on the development of a National Agricultural Market in Karnataka.
Under the project, over 750 mandis have gone online and information has been received on about 1,400 mandis across the country. The digital atlas would cover 600,000 villages across the country.