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Maharashtra Ranks First in Agricultural Marketing & Farm Friendly Reforms Index.

NITI Aayog launches the first ever Agricultural Marketing & Farm Friendly Reforms Index.

A new ranking of states by the NITI Aayog, based on their performance in reforming agriculture marketing, land leasing and forestry on private land, has set the record straight on states’ eagerness to transform the farm sector.

Maharashtra tops in implementing agricultural reforms and offers the best environment for doing agri business, according to an assessment carried out by NITI Aayog.

According to the ‘Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index’, a score of 0 implies no reforms while a score of 100 means complete reforms.

According to the Aayog’s calculation, Maharashtra tops the list with a score of 81.7, followed by Gujarat (71.5), Rajasthan (70), Madhya Pradesh (69.5) and Haryana (63.3).

“Almost two-thirds of states could not reach even the halfway mark of reforms scores,” NITI Aayog said.

These include major states like Uttar Pradesh (47.8), Punjab (43.9), West Bengal (32.5) and Tamil Nadu (17.7).

According to the government, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana take the top five spots on the list, major agrarian states Uttar Pradesh and Punjab figure in the 13th and 14th positions. Bihar and Kerala were not included in the rankings as they revoked their agricultural produce marketing Acts.

The new rankings come on the back of major central initiatives to integrate the Indian farmer with markets, like an electronic national agriculture market _eNAM) and a new crop insurance scheme, both of which were rolled out this year.