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Agricultural Marketing Information Network –AGMARKNET
Institution: Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India
Theme: Electronic and Mobile Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Implementation Date: Oct 08, 2005

In a Country like India with 70% of its population living in villages and depending on agriculture as their main occupation, accurate and timely information about the market prices of the agricultural commodities is of extreme significance. Agricultural marketing in India is undergoing a significant metamorphosis because of economic liberalization and globalization, and market information is equally needed by all market participants in order to arrive at optimal trading decisions.

The advancement in communication and information technology has made the world a smaller place and a larger market at once, and India realized the importance to fully utilize the new emerging trade opportunities for the benefit of farming community, and the urgency to strengthen up the agriculture marketing information system in the country. Clearly, Information and Communication Technology has a vital role to play in the process, and aware of this the Ministry of Agriculture has launched AGMARKNET, a scheme that has led to a nation-wide information network for speedy collection and diffusion of market information. Computerization of market related information such as market fees, market charges, etc., has ensured regularity and reliability of data, and increased the efficiency in agricultural markets.

Impact: The AGMARKNET Project has been designated as one of the Mission Mode Projects of the Department of IT of the Government of India and has won accolades and awards for effectively fulfilling the objective of speedy collection and dissemination of agricultural marketing information for better market access and price realization by the farming community
Source: E-government Toolkit for Developing Countries, UNESCO
Project Home URL: http://www.agmarknet.nic.in/

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