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Government of India
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
21-December-2011 12:31 IST
Adverse Effect of Agricultural Produce Marketing Act on Retail Market
As Agriculture marketing is a State subject, a number of State Governments and Union Territories have enacted legislations (APMC) Acts) to provide for regulation of agricultural produce markets. In order to promote, interalia direct marketing/procurement of agricultural produce directly from farmers by bulk buyers, exporters/processors etc. The Ministry of Agriculture, in consultation with States/Union Territories, framed a Model APMC Act and circulated the same to States/Union Territories, in 2003, for making necessary amendments in their existing APMC Acts. Nineteen States/Union Territories have made such amendments in their APMC Act for direct marketing.

The Government has since approved a proposal to permit FDI, up to 51% under the Government route, in multi brand retail trading , subject to specified conditions. Amending the APMC Act is not one of the conditions. However, the decision has been suspended in order to evolve a broader consensus among various stakeholders.

Farmers are expected to benefit from the reduction in post-harvest losses, likely to result from the strengthening of the backend infrastructure and direct purchases by the retailers, thereby obtaining remunerative prices for their produce.

This information was given by Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.