Govt notifies two ordinances for barrier-free farm buying and selling


New Delhi, July 21

The authorities has notified two Ordinances which search to offer barrier-free commerce for farmers’ produce exterior the notified farm mandis, and empowers farmers to enter into farming agreements with personal gamers previous to manufacturing on the market of agri-produce.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance had been promulgated on June 5, 2020. However, the Union Agriculture Ministry notified the 2 Ordinances on July 20.

According to the notification, the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance permits intra-state and inter-state commerce of farmers’ produce exterior the federal government notified mandis.

Farmers are allowed to commerce at anyplace of manufacturing, aggregation and assortment centres of farmers’ produce, together with farm gates, manufacturing facility premises, warehouses, silos and chilly storages.

The Ordinance additionally permits digital buying and selling of farmers’ produce within the specified commerce space. Private gamers, farmer producer organisations or agricultural cooperative society can set up and function such platforms.

An individual working the platform might be topic to a penalty between Rs 50,000 and Rs 10 lakh for non-compliance with e-trading provisions. In case of steady contravention, an additional penalty of as much as Rs 10,000 per day could also be imposed.

On cost, the Ordinance clearly states that an individual transacting with a farmer might be required to make funds to the farmer on the identical day, or inside three working days in sure situations, for any transaction of scheduled farmers’ produce.

The Ordinance, nevertheless, prohibits state governments from levying any market price, cess or levy on farmers, merchants, and digital buying and selling platforms.

It additionally specifies dispute decision mechanisms the place the events concerned in a trade-related dispute might apply to the Sub-Divisional Magistrate for aid by way of conciliation.

The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance offers for farming agreements with personal gamers previous to manufacturing on the market of agri-produce at pre-determined worth, high quality and interval of supply.

The Ordinance additionally offers a framework for defense and empowerment of farmers on the subject of sale and buy of farm merchandise. — PTI



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