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Stock piling limits have been removed on food grain, pulses, onion, potato, oilseeds: Sharad Pawar on Farm Laws

Stock piling limits have been removed on food grain, pulses, onion, potato, oilseeds

It may lead to apprehensions that Corporates may purchase commodities at lower rates and stock pile and sell at higher prices to consumers.

Sharad Pawar – President, NCP

Reform is a continuous process and no one would argue against the reforms in the APMCs or Mandi System, a positive argument on the same does not mean that it is done to weaken or demolish the system.

During my tenure, the draft APMC Rules – 2007 were framed for the setting up of special markets thereby providing alternate platforms for farmers to market their commodities and utmost care was also taken to strengthen the existing Mandi system.

New agricultural laws restrict the powers of Mandi system i.e. the collection of levy and fees from the private markets, dispute resolution, agri-trade licencing and regulations of E-trading.

New laws will adversely impact the MSP procurement infrastructure thereby weakening the Mandi system.

MSP mechanism has to be ensured and strengthened further.

I am also concerned about the amended Essential Commodities Act. According to the act the Govt will intervene for price control only if rates of horticultural produce are increased by 100% and that of non perishable items increase by 50%.

Stock piling limits have been removed on food grain, pulses, onion, potato, oilseeds etc.

It may lead to apprehensions that Corporates may purchase commodities at lower rates and stock pile and sell at higher prices to consumers.

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