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Centre, States to finalise model APMC Act soon

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 15, 2018 Published on April 12, 2017

Radha Mohan Singh

Union Agriculture Minister will meet State counterparts on April 24

The government will soon share the broad contours of the model Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act, which is in the final stages of preparation and was discussed in detail at the review meeting on agriculture market reforms with State agriculture secretaries.

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh will meet State Agriculture Ministers on April 24 to take the discussions on the model APMC Act to the next stage and give it a final shape, a senior official from the Agriculture Ministry told reporters on Wednesday.

Single-window system

The Centre has asked the States to modify their APMC Acts in order to have a single licence and single point of levy of market fee at the State level, and then gradually move towards a single licence and single point of levy of market fee at the national level.

The idea is to remove disincentives for farmers and traders to trade across the country as they will not have to shell out more money from their pockets.

States could then get integrated in the online platform e-NAM (e-National Agriculture Market) launched in April 2016 for online sale and purchase of commodities nation wide.

The State agriculture secretaries also discussed progress of the e-NAM initiative.

As many as 417 agriculture markets have been connected to e-NAM and 5.9 million tonnes of produce worth ₹15,000 crore has been traded, according to government figures.

Published on April 12, 2017
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