Topic – Transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints
6) The only way for the government to deliver on its promise to double the income of farmers, is to ensure the creation of a pan-Indian market for agricultural produce. Discuss.(250 words)
Why this question
The decision to Maharashtra government to bring reforms in the mandis by delisting fruits and vegetables is well intentioned but for it to make a significant impact, the need is to create a pan Indian market for agricultural produce. There have been multiple efforts for this and thus needs to be prepared.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to bring out the need for a pan Indian agricultural market, discuss the steps taken to so far to create pan Indian agricultural market and the effectiveness of such steps.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Highlight the step of delisting fruits and vegetables from the mandis and mention that for such a step to bring about real impact, the need is to create pan Indian market.
- Highlight the problems of APMC Act and the reasons why reforms are required
- Discuss the steps taken by the government to create a unified national market for agricultural produce and the limitations of such steps
- Highlight the steps that are needed still such as creation of accreditation agency to ensure quality assurance through an accreditation agency etc
Conclusion – Highlight the importance of bringing reforms in APMC and create a pan Indian market for agricultural produce and mention that for this to happen both centre and state need to make committed reforms.