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Centre for Good Governance in association with Telangana State Planning Board Presents Webinar on “Farm Bills 2020: Policy and Perspectives – Focus on Telangana Agriculture” on 20th January 2021, Wednesday | 11.00 am to 1.00 pm (IST)


About CGG

Centre for Good Governance (CGG), Hyderabad is a Telangana Government institution with Chief Minister of the state as Chairperson. CGG undertakes action research, provides consulting services and conducts change management programmes for government departments and agencies to enable successful implementation of their reform agenda. CGG works closely with policy makers like Ministers, senior officials, management experts, institutions and other stakeholders, towards building people centric governance practices.

About the Webinar

CGG in association with Telangana State Planning Board is organizing an exclusive webinar on Farm Bills 2020: Policy and Perspectives -Focus on Telangana Agriculture on 20th January 2021 from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm (IST).

Background

Last year, the two Houses of Parliament passed three agricultural bills: The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill. The President of India gave assent to these bills on 27 September 2020 and became acts.

However, these acts have attracted a diverse set of reactions from farmers, groups and political parties across the country. While some have hailed it as pro-farmers, others claim it to be disastrous. Since then, widespread protests are continuing across India and amid the fear that Centre’s new laws on agriculture might sound death knell for MSPs. Farmers fear that they would be at the mercy of big corporations for market operations like procurement which are currently under state control.  Others consider it a historic and watershed moment for Indian agriculture that can reduce farmers distress seeking to break the shackles of monopolies and middlemen. The session would involve deliberations from both the perspectives to reach a meaningful conclusion.

Telangana Scenario

Across Telangana State, the net sown area during Kharif 2020 was 1.35 crore acres against a normal of 1.03 crore acres. Paddy was sown in 53.3 lakh acres against a normal area of 27.2 lakh acres, mainly attributed to increase in irrigation potential mainly due to Kaleshwaram Project in the state.  Cotton was sown in 60.5 lakh acres against a normal area of 44.5 lakh acres., Telangana State is also a major contributor of rice to Public Distribution System and contributed about 14.3% (74.5 LMT) of total rice procured by FCI during the Kharif Marketing Season 2019-20. The increase in acreage and production presents a new set of challenges to both farmers and administration. It would be a good opportunity to discuss on these aspects in the context of newly enacted farm legislations.

Sri B Vinod Kumar, Vice-Chairman, Telangana State Planning Board would be the Chief Guest. Apart from participants from across the country, policy makers of agriculture and allied sectors of the state, scientists from agriculture sector, industry experts etc would participate in the webinar and share their perspectives.

Register as Speaker / Member of the Audience

CGG invites you to register as speaker in the webinar and express your opinions on the issue / to enrich the knowledge of the audience with your ideas. Further, those who wish to form an opinion and gain a deeper understanding of the issue by listening to some insightful perspectives on the topic are most welcome to register themselves as audience.

 

How to Participate?

  • Interested participants can register for the session through this link  https://bit.ly/2LjQ5Hj
  • CGG will send the invitation link to the registered participants on the scheduled date via e-mail.

 

Moderator:

Prof. Devi Prasad Juvvadi, Director, Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad