Farm Reform Acts aim to transform agriculture sector & enhance farmers’ income

The government has brought Farm Reform Acts with an aim to transform the agriculture sector in the country and enhance farmers’ income. These Acts include Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 creates an ecosystem where the farmers and traders will enjoy freedom of choice of sale and purchase of agri-produce. It will also promote barrier-free inter-state and intra-state trade and commerce outside the physical premises of markets notified under State Agricultural Produce Marketing legislations.

The Act does not intrude into premises under the APMC Act and the same may continue into the State. The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 will empower farmers for engaging with processors, wholesalers, aggregators, wholesalers, large retailers, exporters on a level playing field without any fear of exploitation. It will reduce cost of marketing and improve income of farmers.