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4) The government has been making efforts to integrate farmers with agro-industries to ensure that they get better prices for their produce. Is contract farming a better solution in this regard? Examine the problems involved in contract farming and analyse if the draft model contract farming Act, 2018 would address these problems.

Topic Storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints;

4) The government has been making efforts to integrate farmers with agro-industries to ensure that they get better prices for their produce. Is contract farming a better solution in this regard? Examine the problems involved in contract farming and analyse if the draft model contract farming Act, 2018 would address these problems. (250 Words)

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Why this question?

This is a very important question for Mains – 2018. 

Key demand of the question:

First write your opinion about contract farming – it it’s the solution. Secondly, highlight problems in contract farming and see if model act addresses them. 

Directive Word:

Examine:  List out the problems of contract farming with facts

Analyse: In parts, examine if model act solves these problems. Divide answer into parts such as regulation, competition etc.

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction write in 1-2 lines about doubling income of farmers and how contract farming can be a solution in this regard. Also write one line about new model law. 

Define what’s contract farming.

In the body, There should be THREE mains parts: One for writing your opinion if contract farming is needed; Second part for examining problems; Third part for analysing features of new Bill and its ability to address problems. Third part should be addressed in parts (compulsorily). 

In the conclusion, write a line or two on need for careful interventions in farming to address agrarian crisis.   

Tip: Define key words and terms in your answer if such words are given in question. 

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