ECA, APMC changes may hurt farmers’ interests -Kushankur Dey

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published Published on May 18, 2020   modified Modified on May 19, 2020

-The Hindu Business Line

Private oligopolies may end up forcing small and marginal farmers to accept poorer terms for their produce

A big-bang reform claimed to usher in the farm sector as Finance Minister announced 1-lakh crore funding support for strengthening of farm-gate infrastructure such as cold chains and post-harvest management infrastructure. Additional measures include a ‘facilitative legal framework’ to enable farmers for engaging with modern food chains in a fair and transparent manner. A Central law is to be formulated to provide adequate choices to farmers to sell produce at attractive price, barrier-free inter-State trade by defanging the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 (ECA) and e-trade of agricultural produce by abolishing the monopoly of APMCs.

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The Hindu Business Line, 18 May, 2020, https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/eca-apmc-changes-may-hurt-farmers-interests/article31613855.ece


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