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High-Powered Committee of Chief Ministers to form Agri-Economy Reforms
A high-powered committee of chief ministers is formed to transform agriculture and raise farmers ' revenue. The nine-member commission, chaired by Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, will propose measures to increase agricultural exports, increase food processing development, attract investment in contemporary market infrastructure, value chains, and logistics. The members of the panel include the chief ministers of Karnataka, Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh. Agriculture rural development and panchyati raj minister and NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand will also be part of the committee. The committee will propose modalities for the adoption and timely execution of agricultural sector reforms and will present its report within two months of the notification deadline. Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the establishment of a high-level task force to undertake structural reforms in agriculture, including agricultural manufacturing, livestock marketing, contract farming and services, as well as modifications to the Essential Commodities Act (ECA). The committee will examine multiple ECA 1955 clauses and propose modifications to the Act to attract private investment in agricultural marketing and infrastructure. The committee will also propose steps to upgrade agri-technology to worldwide norms and enhance farmers ' access to quality seed, plant propagation material and farm machinery in agricultural advanced nations. Source: Outlook Agriculture, July 2, 2019
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