Odisha State Cabinet approves Agricultural Ordinance for Farmers

To provide a push to the agricultural sector, the Odisha Government has approved an ordinance called the Agriculture Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation). This ordinance aims at providing immediate relief to farmers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cabinet approved the ordinance at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday.

This proposed ordinance aims to abolish the fragmentation of the market within the state by removing the concept of notified market area for enforcement of regulation by the Agriculture Produce and Livestock Market Committee (APMLC). On the other hand, it will allow the creation of a contributory environment for setting up and operation of private market yards, farmer-consumer market yards (Krushak Bazaar), and sub-market yards.

Along with the aforementioned regulations, the ordinance aims to remove the geographical restrictions on the sale of agricultural produce and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere within the state. Across the state, a provision will be made for a single-point levy of market fee. Digital trading to enhance transparency in trade operations and integration of markets across geographies will also be promoted.

“The Cabinet decided to re-promulgate Odisha Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020 to provide competitive rates to the farmers for their produces. It will benefit the farmers of the state”, said Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy.

The ordinance also brings a provision for modern infrastructure resulting in value addition and primary processing including sorting, grading, picking, scientific storage, preservation, and warehousing.

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