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Jun 04, 2020
8:22AM

Centre amends Essential Commodities Act; Cereals, pulses, onion and potatoes removed from essential commodities list; Farmers can sell their produce outside State

PTI
The Union Cabinet has approved a historic amendment to Essential Commodities Act. This is a visionary step towards transformation of agriculture and raising farmers’ income.

Briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting in New Delhi yesterday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, with the amendment to Essential Commodities Act, commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes have been removed from list of essential commodities.

He said the decision will ensure better price for farmers' produce and also remove fears of private investors of excessive regulatory interference.

AIR correspondent reports that the amendment  will help drive up investment in cold storages and modernization of the food supply chain.

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