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Cabinet approves amendment to Essential Commodities Act; changes to benefit farmers

While briefing the media, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, "Farmers have been freed from the constraints of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC)."

June 03, 2020 / 08:55 PM IST

The Union Cabinet on June 3 approved amendments to the Essential Commodities Act, removing APMC restrictions for farmers to deregulate agricultural commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, onions and potatoes.

The government also announced promulgating an ordinance to allow farmers to engage with processors, aggregators, large retailers, and exporters.

While briefing the media, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, "Farmers have been freed from the constraints of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC)."

Javadekar said that "landmark decision" to liberalise the regulatory environment for farmers will not only benefit them, but "transform the agriculture sector".