Bhubaneswar: Odisha Cabinet has approved the ordinance for Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation).
The salient features of the proposed Ordinance are abolition of fragmentation of market within the State by-removing the concept of notified market area in so far as enforcement of regulation by Agricultural Produce and Livestock Market Committee (APLMC).
So far APLMC is concerned (State Level Single Market), creation of a conducive environment for setting up and operating private market yards and farmer consumer market yards (Krushak Bazar) Sub-Market Yard and Market Sub-Yard.
This is to enhance competition among different markets and market players for the farmer’s produce, to the advantage of the farmers, enabling declaration of warehouses or silos or cold storages and other structures or space as market sub-yard to provide better market access or linkages to the farmers.
Move is to declare the whole State as one Enforcement area and for the purpose of election of members to the Market Committee to delineate geographical area as delineated market area, promotion of e-trading to enhance transparency in trade operations and integration of markets across geographies has been proposed to be incorporated in the proposed Ordinance.
It also provides for single point levy of market fee across the State and state-wide single trading license to realize cost-effective transactions.
This is to remove geographical restrictions on sale of agricultural produce and allow producers to sell their produce anywhere within the State, provision for modern infrastructure for value addition and primary processing.
This includes sorting, grading, packing, scientific storage, preservation and warehousing have been proposed and Formation of Agricultural Marketing Service in the State for better management of the agricultural marketing and the market committees in the State.