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Lockdown kickstarts pending agri reforms

NEW DELHI: The national lockdown to curb spread of Covid-19 has given states an opportunity to bring some quick reforms to agri markets pending since the past five years, according to the central government.
In the past couple of weeks, states have proactively sought to ease sale of farm produce by measures like setting up of private purchase centres outside market yards to buy directly from farmers; allowing direct marketing without requirement of any licence; and exempting cooperative institutions/farmer producer organisations for wholesale trade outside agri market yards.
“Realising the difficulties in maintaining supply chain of farm produce, the states have now taken measures which we have been suggesting for long,” said an official of the agriculture ministry.“It would certainly pave the Read More – Source

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