Farm-to-fork fails to take off as dependence on mandis continues

Topics e-mandi | Mandi | Coronavirus

Protests have marred this year’s wheat procurement season across the north Indian belt. At the heart of the agitation are commission agents or arhtiyas, who’re upset the government is pushing for companies and retailers to engage directly with farmers.  Arhtiyas are a powerful lobby of brokers in rural India, who’ve traditionally called the shots in the agricultural value chain, lending money to farmers to conduct their farming activities and helping them sell produce in mandis or marketplaces once the harvest is ready.  Experts say the lockdown period w.....

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