Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann bats for seamless inter-state agriculture trade

Mann said the move would ensure good prices to farmers, and supply of quality products at affordable price to people.

ByAayush Goel

Published Oct 23, 2023 | 7:56 AMUpdatedOct 23, 2023 | 7:58 AM

Punjab Bhagwant Mann

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann on Sunday, 22 October, batted for further promotion of seamless inter-state agricultural trade.

Mann was seen pushing the idea while chairing a meeting of Mandi boards of several states.

He said the move would ensure remunerative prices of produce to farmers on the one hand, and supply of quality products at affordable price to people, on the other.

Mann called on all states to join hands in developing a common platform to buy and sell commodities.

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Need of the hour

“This is the need of the hour to safeguard the interests of both consumers and farmers. This will ensure the availability of the best products to people and remunerative price of produce to farmers. When the entire world has emerged as a single market, unnecessary shackles within the states regarding production and marketing of produce should be removed,” the Punjab chief minister said.

Mann demanded implementation of the “farm to fork” approach, and availability of goods within all the states to ensure maximum benefit to farmers and consumers.

He insisted that it is imperative to adopt this approach to ensure that farmers make a profit.

Mann also explained to the visiting delegations the utilisation of the Rural Development Fund (RDF) by the state for public welfare.

He bemoaned that a whopping sum of ₹5,637.4 crore of the state’s RDF is still pending with the Union government and that, despite repeated efforts, these funds were not being released, which was a grave injustice to the state.