Government plans to launch ease of doing agri-biz index

The government plans to launch an index to rank states on the basis of ease of doing agri-business, Parliament was confirmed Tuesday.

Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala replied in affirmative when demanded if the government was planning to launch such an index.

“To ensure that the reform agenda of the government is implemented by the desired pace by all states/UTs, a required is felt to develop a competitive spirit between the states.

“Keeping this in mind, to rank the states through an index — ease of doing agri-business — a concept note along with parameters for developing an index has been circulated to all states and union territories inviting their views,” he stated in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

Rupala said the parameters in the proposed index would comprise an increase in production, productivity and price realization as well as a decline in input cost and risk mitigation.

The proposed index will help in fostering agriculture among states by promoting a competitive spirit, he added.

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