Maharashtra is the top State in the implementation of agricultural reforms and offers the best environment for doing agri-business, according to an assessment by the Niti Aayog.
Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are in the next three positions in the ‘Agricultural Marketing and Farm Friendly Reforms Index’ which is based on a number of criteria identified by Niti Aayog.
“It is very clear that if we want our agriculture sector to experience robust growth and farmers to double their income over the next few years, reforms are a must,” said Ramesh Chand, Member, Niti Aayog.
However, almost two-third States could not even reach the halfway mark in the index. Major States like UP, Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and J&K are in this group.
Three areas identified by Niti Aayog for immediate reforms include agricultural market reforms, land lease reforms and reforms related to forestry on private land-felling and transit of trees.
The index is based on implementation of seven provisions under the model APMC Act, joining the online marketing platform eNAM, special treatment to fruits and vegetables for marketing and levels of taxes in mandis.