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Farm reforms: Now, a three-act tragedy

The fairy tale outcome of these reforms would be better infrastructure and market access, which could take the rural economy to new heights

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agriculture in India | Agriculture reform | farmers' protest

Debashis Basu 



Debashis Basu

The Central government in June passed three Acts to reform the farm sector. One, to free the prices of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion, and potatoes from stock limits (with some exceptions); two, allowing farmers to sell their crop to anyone, anywhere; and, three, allowing farmers to get into . The fairy tale outcome of these reforms would be better infrastructure and market access, which could take the rural economy to new heights. Under current laws, farmers can only sell (most products) to licensed traders in APMC (agricultural produce marketing committee) mandis near them, controlled by politicians, who gobble up the bulk of the profits from the chain. With prices being freed, farmers will benefit — this is the hope. Through contract farming, farmers will get capital and technology — this is the dream. Relentless propaganda has brainwashed millions into believing this rosy scenario.

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First Published: Sun, December 20 2020. 22:26 IST

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