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Focus on Agriculture, civil supplies to ease lockdown issues for farmers: AP CM Jagan CM also directed ministers and Task Force officials to ensure there is no shortage of food supplies in the state and to keep vigil on the prices of essentials. Andhra Chief Minister (CM) YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday instructed state officials to concentrate on Agriculture, civil supplies and marketing departments to ensure that the farmers and people don’t face any issues during the COVID-19 lockdown. CM held a review meeting with...

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Farmers likely to be able sell produce at farmgate

-The Hindu Business Line Farmers may soon be able to sell their harvested produce at farmgate, with the government adding new features on the electronic National Agriculture Market (eNAM) that bypasses the need for taking the produce to wholesale mandis. Agriculture Ministry on Thursday updated eNAM platform by adding two new software modules that would recognise trade from recognised warehouses using electronic negotiable warehouse receipts (eNWRs) and allow farmer producer organisations to...

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Saving the food value chain amid Covid lockdown -N Chandra Sekhara Rao and Anjani Kumar

-The Hindu Business Line Disruptions in the food value chain are becoming visible now. The government needs to recognise that ensuring adequate food and nutrition for the population is as essential as providing health services The community spread of coronavirus can wreak havoc in India, as the population density is extremely high and the health infrastructure inadequate. To contain the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has shut the country down, including all the...

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It’s time to end monopoly of APMCs; food majors should be encouraged to procure directly -Rajalakshmi Nirmal

-The Hindu Business Line If mandi boards surpass the agent network and support trade, farmers will stand to benefit immensely This could be the right time for the Centre to nudge States to make their Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) play a more active role in primary market trade. If the private sector engages in direct procurement from farmers now, the crowding in mandis can be checked effectively. This is imperative in maintaining...

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TN’s transportation lockdown pushes farmers of perishable items into losses -Megha Kaveri Producers of fruits and flowers across the state have been put in a difficult position due to the absence of transportation options for their produce. As hundreds of migrant workers stranded in different parts of Tamil Nadu are being identified and sheltered in government houses amid the coronavirus scare, there is another category of people who have been left in the lurch due to the lockdown -- the farmers and traders...

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