Kohima, September 20: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Nagaland Unit has congratulated and welcomed the Agriculture Bills passed by the Central government.
“We congratulate our Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji, Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar and the NDA Government for passing this historic Agri Bill viz. The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
“The Bills will make farmers independent of government controlled markets and fetch them a better price for their produce,” said a congratulatory note issued by Nagaland BJP president and Minister for Higher & Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along here today.
It will create a system where farmers and traders can sell and produce products outside ‘mandis’, he said, adding that it also encourages intrastate trade and proposes to reduce transportation costs.
The Bills formulate a framework on agreements that enable farmers to engage with agri-business companies, exporters and retailers for services and sale of produce while giving the farmers access to modern technology, he said.
Saying that the Bills will also benefit small and marginal farmers, he said these Bills propose to remove items such as pulses and cereals from the list of essential commodities and attract Foreign Direct Investment.
Currently, 10 thousand Farmer Producer Organisations are being established which will connect with marginal farmers and will work towards providing them with better profit for their produce, he said.
These Legislations will transform the agriculture sector and raise farmers income, which as promised by the centre will double by 2022, said Along.
The State BJP termed these Bills as “progressive” while asserting that they will transform the agricultural sector of the country and boost it towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
(Page News Service)