fruits, vegetables, apmcs, rahul gandhi

Last week’s missive from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, to states ruled by his party, allowing farmers to sell their produce of fruits and vegetables to anyone they want —and not necessarily route it through mandis— will not be transformative for Indian farmers on its own. For that to happen, the governments need to back this reform in the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act by supporting the rise of alternative models through which farmers can access larger markets, and by setting up regulatory mechanisms that supervise the functioning of these models. 

a story by my hyderabad-based colleague rajireddy and me.

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