Kolkata, March 3: In order to bring a single window service to provide common license for wholesale buyers to buy any farm produce, the West Bengal Assembly passed the amended West Bengal Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation) Bill on Thursday.
The amended bill will ensure that the farmers with their excess produce will not have to run door to door to sell their crops. State Agricultural Marketing Minister Tapan Dasgupta said that too many licenses were hampering business and so there was a need to lay down a mechanism for a single window service. This bill will also be helpful for those farmers who wish to export their products in other states or countries. These will the bolster inter-state trade and commerce with in agricultural produce and will enable the peasants to sell it nationally.
The legislation empowers the government to levy market fees on transaction of agricultural produce. The rate would be 2% for fibres, cereals, pulses, oilseeds, oils and fruits. The market fees for tobacco would be 6%. After the Bill is passed, wholesale buyers, after paying a fixed fee, can buy whatever agricultural products they wish to sell from all over the state. The State government has introduced a single permit for agricultural marketing, to revamp a system that required wholesale buyers to hold separate licences for each agricultural product.