The government now going solidly for setting up a Common National Electronic Spot Market, which will make a good beginning to set up a Common National Market for Agri-Produce providing marketing opportunities to the farmers and traders across states within the present fractured set up of APMCs under the State Mandi Laws, UKS Chauhan, Joint Secretary, Department of Food said.
According to him, a way forward will also be found soon to bring in a National Legislation for this purpose.“I firmly believe that the Draft Bill on Inter-State Agricultural Produce Trading is still the best bet to proceed with for enacting a Central Legislation to establish a Pan India Agri-Produce Market in the country, at least for Inter-State Trading,” Chauhan said.
He emphasised that agriculture marketing reforms should be given top priority by all states and this would help, to a great extent, to farmers in getting right price of their produce. From production point of view, Indian agriculture would only benefit if all states give adequate attention to agri-marketing reforms, he added.
Chauhan, who had made excellent contribution to agriculture sector as agriculture marketing advisor and Managing Director of NAFED, has been recently conferred ‘National Award of Excellence 2014-15’ for the category of ‘Marketing of Agricultural Produce.’ The award was presented to him by Shamsher Singh Randhawa, Managing Director, National Council of State Agricultural Marketing Boards (COSAMB).The awards in different categories are given annually by the COSAMB.
“It was really a pleasant surprise for me as COSAMB chief came home recently to honour me with their Award as I could not attend their Award Ceremony organized at Manali in Himachal Pradesh in September this year,” Chauhan said.
“This Award gives me a great satisfaction for what I could do as the agricultural marketing adviser to Government of India in the Ministry of Agriculture from 2006 to 2008 and Managing Director of NAFED in 2008-09 and also for what I have been doing in my personal capacity for implementation of reforms in agricultural marketing sector in the country thereafter, he added.
Chauhan had meticulously worked in agriculture marketing sector and his contribution include preparation of a Draft Bill on Inter-State Agricultural Produce Trading which was submitted to Government in 2008. He said that the Draft was taken on record by the Ministry of Agricultute & Farmers Welfare and reshaped a couple of years ago. But it was placed in cold box by the UPA Govt at the end.