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e-Platform for Agri-Marketing
Mar 13, 2015

The Government has taken several important steps to make improvements in the area of Agricultural Marketing. The Department of Agriculture (DAC) has issued a comprehensive advisory to states to go beyond the provisions of the Model Act and declare the entire state a single market with one licence valid across the entire state and removing all restrictions on movement of agricultural produce within the state. 

 

Salient Features

  • To promote development of a common national market for agricultural commodities through e-platforms, the DAC has approved Rs. 200 crore for a central-sector scheme for promotion of national Agricultural Market through Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund (ATIF) to be implemented during 2014-15 to 2016-17. 

  • Under the scheme, it is proposed to utilize the ATIF for migrating towards a national market through implementation of a common e-platform for agri-marketing across all states. 

  • On the request of the Central Government, a number of State Governments have exempted the marketing of fruits and vegetables from the purview of the APMC Act. 

  • The NCT of Delhi has taken the initiative in this direction, ending the regulation of fruits and vegetables outside redefined market yard/sub-yard areas of different agencies. 

  • The Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) has taken the initiative for developing a Kisan Mandi in Delhi with a view to providing a platform to FPOs for direct sale of their produce to prospective buyers totally obviating or reducing unnecessary layers of intermediation in the process. They plan to scale their activities in other states based on the outcome of the experience.


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