Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar moved two farm sector legislations in the Lok Sabha today. The two bills, Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 will replace the synonymous ordinances promulgated on 5th June this year. Terming the bills as historic, Mr. Tomar said they will bring revolutionary changes in the life of farmers in the country. The minister asserted that the new legislation seeks to free the farmers from the clutches of Mandis and Farm Produce Markets.
Allaying the apprehensions of few members over the bill, Mr. Tomar clarified that the bills will not dilute the APMC Act in any way. He said, Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farm produce will continue to remain in force and the bill will additionally fortify the farmers to reach out to interstate markets.
The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 also permits the electronic trading of farmers’ produce and allows setting up of transaction platforms for facilitating their direct online buying and selling through electronic devices and internet. The legislation prohibits state governments from levying any market fee, cess or levy on farmers, traders, and electronic trading platforms for trade of farmers’ produce conducted outside the State Mandis.
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