NAFED to roll out its first Farmer Facilitation Centre (FFC) in Maharashtra

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The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) is all set to roll out its first farmer facilitation centre (FFC) for farmer producer companies (FPCs) in Maharashtra in the first week of January 2021. The facility is part of the initiative of NAFED to establish e-Kisan Mandis that would use the online model to […]

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Food Corporation of India to offer fixed costs to arhatiyas (commission agents) for rice procurement in Punjab and Haryana

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The Food Corporation of India (FCI), the largest procurer of farm produce from the APMC mandis, has started a paying a fixed fee for commission agents (arhatiyas) in Punjab and Haryana, for rice purchases during the current kharif season, instead of an MSP-linked fee. The move could deflate the FCI’s procurement cost over the years, […]

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States in India asked to waive trade fee (Mandi tax) on e-NAM platform

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After the new farm bills that recently became laws to allow barrier-free trading of agriculture commodities across the country, the Centre has asked states in India to reduce the mandi tax to 0.5 per cent. As a first step, the market fees on the electronic National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) platform must be reduced, the Centre […]

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COMMENT – New farm laws offer more markets and benefits to farmers

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Over the past few weeks, much has been written on the newly enacted farm bills, which have been termed “historic” by the proponents while “death warrant” for farmers by the opposition groups. The issues of contention range from the removal of commission agents, entry of private players, absence of price fixation mechanism among others. For […]

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Farm law reforms leaves India’s lawmakers divided

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The Indian parliament’s approval of two key farm bills that aim to reform agricultural markets has ignited a storm of protests with opinions divided over whether their legislation will benefit farmers, Biman Mukherji and Ritwik Sinha report. The parliament’s upper house on Sunday approved the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the […]

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