Centre will harmonize suggestions from Industry Associations for Contract Farming Act in next few weeks. Subsequently push hard for its Enactment with States and UTs, says Dalwai

Centre will harmonize suggestions from Industry Associations for Contract Farming Act in next few weeks. Subsequently push hard for its Enactment with States and UTs, says Dalwai

Centre will harmonize suggestions from Industry Associations for Contract Farming Act in next few weeks. Subsequently push hard for its Enactment with States and UTs, says Dalwai

 No.PR-134

January 12, 2018

New Delhi

 

Centre will harmonize suggestions from Industry Associations for Contract Farming Act in next few weeks.  Subsequently push hard for its Enactment with States and UTs, says Dalwai

The Centre will be able to harmonize host of suggestions that have come from industry associations including PHD Chamber for the new Contract Farming Act in next few weeks and subsequently push for its enactment with vigorous follow ups with all States and UTs as the proposed Act would be an ideal way forward to monetize agri and horti wastages that are substantially higher under prevailing system, discloses CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Dr. Ashok Dalwai.

Even serious efforts have already been intensified by the Centre including PMO to push for bringing in reforms replacing APMCs with new model known as Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2017 which is likely to bear fruit in next one year and so since agriculture and marketing are both state subjects, added Chief Advisor & CEO, National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD), Mr. Pawanexh Kohli.

Addressing a National Conference on Cold Chain Infrastructure under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today, Dr. Dalwai informed that the Contract Farming Act has already been placed in public domain for making it still better with suggestions from industry and other stakeholders that have already come in and the senior functionaries in the department of agriculture would be able to harmonize them in next few weeks.

Thereafter, not only the Ministry of Agriculture but also the PMO would push hard for its timely enactment with States and UTs so that farmers incomes are enhanced with public and private participation as these stakeholders will bring in new technologies and advanced methodologies for improved agriculture which could lead to better monetizing farmers income with consumer receiving farm produced at much cheaper and competitive rates, added Dr. Dalwai.

According to him, the focus of the government of the day is to uplift the rural economy through advancement and modernization of Indian agriculture which lacked induction of reforms even after India liberalized its economy way back in 1991.

Mr. Kohli also felt that farmers produce could fetch them remunerative pricing provided cold chains are integrated through superior marketing logistics as it is the only way out through which better pricing could be ensured for those that are involved in Indian agriculture and horticulture.

Among others who were also present on the occasion comprised Chairman, Roads, Ports and Other Infrastructure Committee, PHD Chamber, Mr. Ashish Mohan Wig; Chairman, Railways Committee, PHD Chamber, Mr. R S Bedi and its Principal Director, Dr. Ranjeet Mehta.

Ends.

Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal

Consultant (PR)