New laws on agriculture trade and contract farming in the works

Major role for FPOs

by Natasha Nadkar

The Centre is creating a new law that will help farmers in physical and electronic trade across the country involving a major role for Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) but without dislodging existing mandis that dominate the wholesale business in farm output, as per a report in Economic Times. The government is working on a new law on contract farming, a piece of legislation that seeks to supplement and complement this proposed agri-trade law. The law will not abolish state mandis, rather would promote inclusive development of agricultural trade. There will be a major role of FPOs, registered farmer unions and cooperatives in bringing alternative trading channels for farmers outside the mandi premises. The new law will not hit Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) revenue. States will continue to earn Rs.60-70 billion annually through the government’s procurement process.

References
1. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/new-laws-on-agriculture-trade-and-contract-farming-in-the-works/articleshow/76014649.cms
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