The NDA government is in talks with various state governments to amend the Agricultural Produce Market Committee Acts to create a “Common National Market” as current laws help neither farmers nor consumers, Union Minister for Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said Thursday.
“In India, we come across situations where onion prices are sky high in cities like Delhi while farmers are forced to throw away their produce at APMCs like Lasalgaon because they do not get the desired price. The Act helps neither the consumer nor the seller. We want to create a Common National Market where a farmer irrespective of where he is from can come and sell his produce,” Paswan said.
The Union Minister said that for a common national market, the APMC Act needs to be amended. “A market like this would be beneficial for the buyer as well as the farmer,” he added.