New Delhi: Government's premier think-tank NITI Aayog is preparing a model contract farming law to connect farmers with the food processing industry.
"NITI Aayog is preparing a model contract farming law. That would connect farmers to the food processing industry," NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya said in a Q&A on Budget 2017-18 on Facebook.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech had said: "We also propose to integrate farmers who grow fruits and vegetables with agro processing units for better price realisation and reduction of post-harvest losses. A model law on contract farming would, therefore, be prepared and circulated among the states for adoption."
To a separate query, Panagariya pointed out that part of the 15-year vision document shares sets of issues that "concern us immediately, i.e. what we should be doing in 2017-18 and 2018-19".
"And there is a general agreement on what we need to do immediately and in this sense, what budget 2017-18 is doing would contribute to 15-year vision document, which we would be putting out soon," he said.
The Aayog has been entrusted with preparing a 15-year vision document beginning 2017-18, which will replace the Nehruvian 5-year planning followed for over six decades.
Besides the vision document, the Aayog will be ready with 7-year strategy and 3-year action plan on the basis of which funds will be allocated in the Budget....