New Delhi: Over 1.11 crore farmers spread over 16 states and union territories have registered on the e-NAM (National Agriculture Market) platform, which promotes better marketing opportunities for farmers to sell their products online, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Tuesday.

Singh said in the Lok Sabha that farmers wishing to join the e-NAM platform need to register themselves on the e-NAM portal and can sell their produce on the e-NAM platform in any e-NAM mandi of their choice.

The e-NAM platform promotes better marketing opportunities for farmers to sell their produce online, with a competitive and transparent price discovery system and online payment facility.

"It also promotes prices commensurate with the quality of produce. All these contribute towards better marketing efficiency and also better prices to farmers," Singh said during Question Hour.

The minister said a total of 585 'mandis' have been integrated till March 31, 2018, on the e-NAM platform. Mandis are on-board to the e-NAM platform, based on proposals received from respective states with an appropriate detailed project report.

According to Singh, states must carry out 3 essential reforms - e-trading, single point levy of market fee and unified single trading licence for the state.

The Government of India provides certain assistance to the states, such as free access to the e-NAM platform, financial assistance for computer hardware, internet facility and assaying equipment, mandi analyst for each e-NAM mandi for a year and training to stakeholders in mandis being integrated.