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Supported By State Partner
MOFPI NABARD Government of Karnataka
Media Partner
Green TV


Time and again, there has been a demand of creation of a unified national agriculture market with a view to boost incomes of the farmers. There have been consistent efforts by the Government of India to encourage development of farmer markets to sell the produce directly to command the best national price for their produce. However, till date, it remains a distant dream.

This being said, in the recent budget announcement of 2015, Central Government has shown great interest to work with states for the creation of a national agricultural market. This effectively means the Centre intends to decidedly pursue its formation of National Agriculture Market. This will not only help in increasing farmers’ incomes but will also have the incidental benefit of moderating price rises.

Control over agricultural markets has always been a domain of the state governments but the time has come to create national agricultural markets. In pursuance of this goal, the government will have to examine all such acts and legislation that contain provisions that are restrictive and create barriers including Agriculture Produce Marketing Act, Essential Commodities Act and Land Tenancy Act. Again, it may be noted that there are few states like Karnataka which had tried to reform the agricultural marketing practices. Karnataka Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation and Development) (Second Amendment) Bill, 2013 was passed by the State Government which envisages introduction of warehouse-based sales and single unified license to traders. However, the efforts have mostly been limited to few states; hence, in national perspective, this issue requires intense brainstorming of the Center with the States as well as active involvement of industry, law makers and legislation experts.

With this background, ASSOCHAM proposes to hold a Conference on “National Agricultural Market; Empowering Farmers & Moderating Food Inflation” to provide a platform to all the stakeholders including Central Government, State Governments, Legislation experts, Retail Chains, Terminal markets, Agri Commodity Spot markets, & NITI Aayog to brainstorm ways to create a unified National Agriculture Market.
 
Objectives 
  • To discuss ways to create a unified National Agriculture Market.
  • To bring Central Government, State Governments & other policy makers come together at a common platform and brainstorm the possibilities of creation of National Agriculture Market
  • To elaborate on mechanisms to create a Central market without sacrificing the interests of State Governments
  • To devise methods of effectively mitigate restrictive barriers including the APMC Act among several others
Focus Areas

Agricultural Marketing System
  • Unified National Agricultural Market
  • APMC Act, Essential Commodities Act, & Land Tenancy Act
  • Karnataka Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation and Development) (Second Amendment) Bill, 2013
Impact of Agricultural Market on Food Inflation
  • Increasing farmers’ incomes
  • Moderating Food Inflation
Innovative Models to balance Central and State Governments’ stakes in the unified National Agriculture Market

Registration Fees: 

  • Delegate Fees: Rs. 1,500/- per delegate