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Existing APMC laws restrict trade, competition: Ramesh Chand of NITI Aayog

He says that the APMC system did not evolve with changes in time and requirement

NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand
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The APMC infrastructure is far from being adequate to handle entire marketable surplus in the country, which is growing by more than the rate of growth of production, says NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand. Illustration by Binay Sinha

Sanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi
The Centre recently announced three steps that, if implemented properly, can provide alternative selling options to growers other than the existing regulated mandis and help in attracting private investments in farming. In an interview with Sanjeeb Mukherjee, NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand discusses these proposed changes. Edited excerpts:

The Centre has decided to bring a law that will facilitate the creation of marketing channels outside the Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) for the growers and a framework for e-trading for farm produce. How restrictive had the APMCs become over the years?
 
At the outset, I would like to mention that

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First Published: May 23 2020 | 7:45 PM IST

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