Launch Year: 2018

Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

Aim: To develop the retail market in the agriculture marketing sector.

What are GrAMs?

• These are defined as: “Retail agricultural markets in close proximity of the farm gate, that promote and service a more efficient transaction of the farmers’ produce across the agricultural sub-sectors, by enabling both direct sale, between the producer and consumer, and aggregation of small produce-lots for subsequent transaction, both of which can occur either physically or online”

Announcement in Union Budget 2018-19:

• Develop and upgrade existing 22,000 rural haats into Gramin Agricultural Markets (GrAMs).

• Physical infrastructure to be strengthened using MGNREGS and other Government Schemes.

• Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana to be used for strengthening road linkages from habitations to GrAMs.

• GrAMs will be linked to e-NAM.

• GrAMs will be outside the APMC Act regulation.

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