Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

For Internet savvy farmers
Few Indian farmers know the actual price and stock level of their produce in the market or mandi before they come to sell.

Too many people, vested interests and the sheer spread of the markets makes it difficult for them to decide the right product mix and they lose whatever little bargaining power they may have had.

But now, various state agricultural marketing boards (apmcs) have taken the inititative to keep the farmer informed through a website. They have joined to form an Agricultural marketing information network (Agmarknet) with a project budget of Rs 10 crore.

The website links to various apmcs and mandis across the country, allowing the user to check out the delivery position and prices of various commodities and vegetables.

Commodities are divided into seven groups -- cereals, pulses, fibres, spices, fruits, vegetables and oilseeds. Surfers can make a search by market or by commodity. Agmarknet currently covers 73 markets across India, which will be extended to 670 mandis and 40 agricultural boards.

This project has the potential to reduce prices paid to intermediaries and bring benefits to a wide cross section of farmers and consumers.

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