A high-level committee chaired by Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand will soon recommend inclusion of millets to the grains supplied under PDS.
Cotton seed associations who have been asking the government to increase the seed price of the crop, say that they will not be able to sustain in the business and seed supplies might be impacted this year.
The higher prices are due to lower wheat output expected this year, as well as the higher minimum support price announced by the government, said an ITC executive.
Once portability of PDS is implemented , the beneficiaries will be free to receive their entitlements from any fair price shops without being bound to a particular shop.
Niti Aayog has recently set up a committee for in depth analysis of the issue and to recommend a model that could be used for direct transfer of subsidy to the farmers, said the government
The move will also prevent scope of under invoicing which was leading to revenue loss to the govt.
Foodgrain output is expected to increase 0.9% to 277.49 million tonnes, exceeding the previous record of 275.11 million tonnes during 2016-17.
US agricultural exports to India totalled nearly $ 1.6 billion in 2017 while from India to US it was $2.6 billion, said USDA officials.
A new feature has been introduced for farmers where they can see the progress of their lot being traded and also real time bidding progress of price will be visible to farmers on mobile app.
The commission advises the central and state governments on use of water for drinking, irrigation and industrial purposes.
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