Farm law reforms leaves India’s lawmakers divided


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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Interview – India’s integration of agriculture markets will shake up warehouse management


When the covid pandemic upended India’s food supply chain, the task of managing a chain of agricultural warehouses appeared cut out, Sandeep Sabharwal, chief executive officer of Sohan Lal Commodity Management Pvt Ltd (SLCM), tell in an interview. Fortunately, an electronic platform built painstakingly over about a decade has helped the company withstand much […]

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MahaFPC crosses Rs 500 crore procurement of pulses in Maharashtra


MAHA Farmers Producer Co (MahaFPC), which is a federation of 303 farmer producer companies in Maharashtra, has announced that it has been successful in procuring pulses and lentils from farmers worth Rs. 500 crore under the Government Price Support Scheme (PSS), despite the Covid pandemic. The federation has been active in procurement of agri-commodities, especially […]

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Vashi APMC near Mumbai opens with new arrangement

A week after complete shutdown, Vashi Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) is finally opened on Monday with a limited entry of farmers, traders, stockists, arhatiyas, and consumers. In a meeting of all mandi stakeholders including the government officials held on Saturday, it was decided that vegetables, grains, and masala market will open from Monday while […]

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India’s biggest onion market set to revert to old format auction

Lasalgaon, the country’s largest wholesale market for onions, is reverting to the auction of onions in the loose format instead of jute bags that had been used since the beginning of the lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak. Lasalgaon Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) chairperson Suvarna Jagtap revealed to Financial Express that auction of loose onions […]

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Maharashtra’s onion supplier database, a boon as an alternate marketing channel

Despite the lockdown, around 550 truckloads of onions from Nashik and other parts of Maharashtra are being transported to other states. This has been possible because of a database of onion suppliers created by the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB). The database is to provide an alternate marketing platform to farmers and create links […]

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Onion demand drops: farmers in Maharashtra ask govt to purchase onions at Rs 20 per kg

The Maharashtra State Onion Producers Farmer Association wants the Centre to direct NAFED and state governments to directly purchase onions from farmers at Rs.20 per kg in order to help them overcome financial distress. Onion trade at Lasalgaoon wholesale market has come to a standstill because of the spread of coronavirus. Initially the incessant monsoons, […]

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