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Cabinet approves ‘The Farming Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020’

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday
approved ‘The Farming Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020’.
Addressing reporters after the meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar alongwith Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar, announced the Cabinet’s decision.

Farmers in India today suffer from various restrictions in marketing their produce. There are restrictions for farmers in selling agri-produce outside the notified APMC market yards. The farmers are also restricted to sell the produce only to registered licensees of the State Governments.

Further, Barriers exist in free flow of agriculture produce between various States owing to the prevalence of various APMC legislations enacted by the State Governments.

The Ordinance will create an ecosystem where the farmers and traders will enjoy freedom of choice of sale and purchase of agri-produce. It will also promote barrier-free inter-state and intra-state trade and commerce outside the physical premises of markets notified under State Agricultural Produce Marketing legislations.

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