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Three controversial farm laws will affect the MSP and weaken the mandi system: Sharad Pawar | India News

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NEW DELHI: Expressing concern over the three new farm laws, NCP Chairman Sharad Pawar said Saturday that the legislation will negatively affect the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and weaken the mandi system.
Pawar said she participated in virtually the all-party meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi where issues related to the proposed budget session agenda, farmers’ agitation, the women’s bill and other issues were discussed. important.
Farmers have been seeking the repeal of three agricultural laws: the Trade in Agricultural Products and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Guarantee and Agricultural Services Law, 2020; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.
Pawar said the new laws will have an adverse impact on the MSP’s procurement infrastructure, thereby weakening the mandi system. The MSP mechanism should be guaranteed and further strengthened, he added.
“The reform is an ongoing process and no one would argue against the reforms in the APMC or the Mandi System, a positive argument about it does not mean that it is made to weaken or demolish the system,” Pawar tweeted.
“During my tenure, the draft of the APMC Rules – 2007 was framed for the creation of special markets, thus providing alternative platforms for farmers to trade their basic products and great care was also taken to strengthen the existing Mandi system,” he tweeted.
Pawar, who served as the Union Minister of Agriculture from 2004 to 2014, said he was also concerned about the amended Essential Products Act.
“According to the law, the government will intervene to control prices only if the rates of horticultural products increase by 100 percent and those of non-perishable items increase by 50 percent.
“Inventory accumulation limits have been removed on cereals, pulses, onions, potatoes, oilseeds, etc. It can lead to fear that companies may buy raw materials at lower rates and accumulate inventories and sell them at higher prices to consumers, “Pawar tweeted.

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