New Delhi, Jun 5 : President Ram Nath Kovind has promulgated two Ordinances with the aim of giving a boost to rural India and agriculture. After the announcement of the landmark decisions by the Government for reforms in the agricultural sector for raising the income of the farmers as part of the 'Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan', the President has promulgated The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Ordinance 2020 and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance 2020 with the aim of giving a boost to rural India for farmers engaged in agriculture and allied activities.
The Central Government has been making comprehensive interventions to impart efficiency and effectiveness to agricultural marketing, with the aim of raising the income of the farmers, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare said in a statement on Friday. By recognising the bottlenecks preventing the holistic development of marketing of the agriculture produce, the Government drafted and circulated the Model Agriculture Produce and Livestock Marketing (APLM) Act 2017, and also the Model Agriculture Produce and Livestock Contract Farming Act of 2018, for adoption by the states.
When the whole ecosystem of agriculture and its allied activities was tested during the COVID19 crisis, it reconfirmed the necessity for the Central Government to speed up the reform process and to come up with a national legal facilitative ecosystem to improve intra-state and interstate trade of agriculture produce. The Government also recognised the need for the farmer to sell agriculture produce at a place of his choice at a better price by increasing the number of prospective buyers. A facilitative framework was also considered necessary for farming agreements. Thus the two ordinances have been promulgated. (UNI)