Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation), Rules, 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture and farmers welfare on 20th July 2020 has published the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Rules, 2020 which seeks to provide for barrier-free trade of farmers’ produce outside the markets notified under the various state agricultural produce market laws. The rule allows farmers, farm producer organisations and anyone who buys farmers’ produce for: (i) wholesale trade, (ii) retail, (iii) end-use, (iv) value addition, (v) processing, (vi) manufacturing, (vii) export, or (viii) consumption, to engage in such intra-state or inter-state trade and shall make payment on the same day, or within three working days in certain conditions, for any transaction of scheduled farmers’ produce.