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The (food) grain of Punjab's own farm Bills

The MSP is declared for 23 crops. This means that farmers of other crops or those trying to diversify under contract farming would not have the MSP protection of the Bills

Sukhpal Singh, Professor, IIM, Ahmedabad.
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Sukhpal Singh, Professor, IIM, Ahmedabad.

Sukhpal Singh
Much was made of the Punjab government’s plan to reject the three central laws on agri markets and provide its own protection to famers, especially on prices for their produce. But, the two Bills presented in the state legislature on the trade and commerce and contract farming Acts of the Union government as amendments to nullify some provisions of those Acts and provide its own mechanisms of protection are mainly about paddy and wheat prices and markets and the state government protecting its own revenue. This would be the state’s own roadblock to any crop diversification and would perpetuate the

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First Published: Oct 21 2020 | 9:51 AM IST

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