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Crops in Guj, Rajasthan hit by rain: farmers knock at govt door

tiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) has approached State government seeking compensation to farmers who have suffered losses. “There are massive losses on the fields and also at the marketing yards under APMCs. Ideally, APMCs (Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee) should take the responsibility of the losses and damages occurring at their premises due to climatic adversity, as they charge cess from farmers

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Want to help farmers, remove middlemen? Scrap the law governing agri markets -Ila Patnaik and Shubho Roy

mer. History The Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) laws go back to the founding of the Republic in the 1950s. The government’s intent and justification behind setting up the APMCs, as seen in promotional videos from that era, was to protect farmers from commission agents – the middlemen. The idea was that these markets would be fair, more efficient, and offer better remuneration to the farmers. Since markets are a state

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Maharashtra government again takes steps to amend APMC Act -Radheshyam Jadhav

w it from the Legislative Council following an indefinite strike called by Mumbai and Pune market committees. The APMC committees had alleged that the proposed amendment severely limited the power of APMCs. The bill had proposed to free essential items from the purview of the APMCs and allow those to be sold outside as well. Please click here to read more.

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MSP was not 1.5 times the cost of production for most kharif crops during the last 6 agricultural years

y for all commodities. Farmers get less than remunerative prices as a result of exploitation by traders/ middlemen, less than satisfactory performance of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs), large supply chain, absence of grading, post-harvest losses and lack of value addition. Apart from uncertainty of prices, farmers undertake distress sale. Micro-level studies show that 50 percent of the small farmers’ produce is sold in dist

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Mathadi workers in Maharashtra to join traders' bandh today -Nanda Kasabe

-Financial Express Mathadi leaders Shashikant Shinde and Narendra Patil met Minister for Cooperation and Marketing Subhash Deshmukh and had sought more clarity on the role of commission agents in APMCs as well as transactions on eNAM After traders at Vashi in Maharashtra called for a one-day bandh on Tuesday against the Maharashtra Agricultural Produce Marketing Development and the Regulation Act Ordinance, over 4-5 lakh Mathadi ( workers who

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Amarjeet Sinha, Rural development secretary, interviewed by Sayantan Bera and Elizabeth Roche (

now insisting on no-objection certificates with regard to APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) regulations. We are trying to leverage resources where producers can sell outside the control of APMCs. We have got clearance for 1,850 “grameen haats” (rural markets) to enable producers to command a better price. Building farm gate-level processing infrastructure and rural markets is what we are planning to create using the MGNREGS and

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Agri Distress Deepens as Crop Prices Crash -Subodh Varma

incomes. Here is what has happened to rabi (winter) crops. Wheat prices have inched up by 4% since 2016.  Bengal gram and masur dal prices offered to farmers in wholesale markets (mandis or APMCs) are down 37% and 24% respectively. Safflower prices are up 8% while mustard is down 8%. Barley (jau) prices are down 5%. Average annual inflation rate, that is yearly price rise, has been 4-5%, in these years and clearly, the tiny increase in price

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India's largest onion wholesale market to go online -Nanda Kasabe

ess and have made arrangements for auction hall where traders can make bids on the computers as well. Large screens have been put at yards, which shall display market prices of commodities of various APMCs in the country,” he said. Holkar said that trails will be conducted for the e-auction for grain initially and onions will soon be included in the auction process. Around 30 of Maharashtra’s APMCs<

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Union Budget 2018: A Step Forward -Ajay Vir Jakhar

corpus of Rs 2,000 crore, is to be set up for developing and upgrading agricultural marketing infrastructure in the 22,000 Gramin Agricultural Markets and 585 Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs). This will enable farmers in remote locations who are devoid of any institutional mechanism to connect to markets. ‘‘Operation Green’’ on the lines of ‘‘Operation Flood’’ to tackle the volatility of t

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How government can double farmer incomes

unities outside farming, the restrictions on leasing and selling arable land make it difficult for farmers to exit agriculture. Coming to access to markets, agricultural produce market committees (APMCs) have perpetuated monopolistic intermediaries. The Ashok Dalwai committee notes that farmers’ share in the market price is low, and generally varies from 15-40%. Given the resistance to the model APMC law of 2003, the Union government has intr

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