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Uttarakhand to legalise contract farming

Press Trust of India, Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 0027 hrs IST

Dehradun: Uttarakhand is likely to pass the much-awaited Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act, setting the stage for private companies like RIL and ITC to get into contract farming in the state and set up private mandis.

Uttarakhand agriculture minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat on Friday said chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has agreed to give the final nod to the proposal at the next Cabinet meeting. The move follows the green signal being given by a sub-committee of the state Cabinet, which approved the draft bill for the APMC Act. A four-member expert team of agriculturists, which toured states like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to study the impact of the APMC Act there, also gave its approval. [more]