Farm laws: Kerala to frame alternative giving prominence to cooperative sector
New Delhi: Kerala is mulling over the possibility of framing a new law to overcome the farm laws introduced by the Centre. Instead of corporates, prominence will be given to cooperative sector while enacting the law.
A ‘noted’ leader of CPM national leadership told Mathrubhumi that the first round of discussions regarding the legislation of law was over.
The law will contain clause beneficial to farmers regarding farm production, processing and marketing. Industrialization would be introduced in processing sector. Apart from cooperative societies, participation of small-scale investors would be ensured. Basic facilities for storing and finding the market for the produce would be guaranteed apart from expanding the facilities including refrigeration systems. Also, a comprehensive measure will be implemented aiming at industrial growth targeting profit to the farmers while confirming minimum support price for the produce.
Unlike, northern states, Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) are not of importance in Kerala. Hence, the laws in Punjab and other states concentrating of APMCs will not be suitable here. The main demand that surfaced in the discussion was that a share of the profit after processing, value adding and marketing should reach the farmers.
Though, cooperative societies provide higher selling price, farmers get no benefit of wholesale value. A provision to rectify this is also under consideration.
Farmer organisations like Kisan Sabha are in party-level discussions with government.