Contract farming to ensure price protection, encourage investments

Stakeholders asked to submit comments by 6 Jan 2018

by Arjit Singh Bhambra

The draft model contract farming act will ensure better price realisation for farmers for their produce and encourage food processing companies to invest in infrastructure and farming technology, as per a report in Economic Times. Stakeholders including contract farming and value chain promoting companies, producers’ organisations and farmers have been asked to submit their feedback on the model act available on the website of ministry of agriculture latest by 6 January 2018 [see here] . Various industry and agricultural experts have welcomed the draft model act. However, a careful review of some of the conditions in the draft act to ensure balanced protection of all stakeholders and to avoid any red-tapism in proposed structure has also been suggested. Experts believe that this would encourage investments and broader use of technology in the agricultural sector, leading to greater productivity and efficiency thereby resulting in increased farmer incomes and food security.

References
1. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/model-contract-farming-act-to-counter-price-risks-experts/articleshow/62343170.cms
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate
Per cent
4.8 +0.0
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
97.2 -0.2
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
96.5 0.0
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
98.2 -0.5
Quarterly CapeEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Mar 17 Jun 17 Sep 17 Dec 17
New projects 4.01 2.11 1.18 0.84
Completed projects 1.95 0.86 1.03 0.90
Stalled projects 0.74 2.67 0.67 0.92
Revived projects 0.86 0.30 0.29 0.20
Implementation stalled projects 0.33 0.69 0.73 0.58
Updated on: 23 Jan 2018 9:20AM
Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Mar 17 Jun 17 Sep 17 Dec 17
All listed Companies
 Income 10.2 9.7 7.9 10.7
 Expenses 11.9 10.0 9.2 10.3
 Net profit 16.1 -19.8 -20.0 16.1
 PAT margin (%) 6.0 5.3 5.4 14.2
 Count of Cos. 4,460 4,389 4,313 183
Non-financial Companies
 Income 11.8 10.3 7.7 10.6
 Expenses 15.6 10.6 7.8 10.5
 Net profit -2.3 -25.2 -7.9 15.0
 PAT margin (%) 6.2 5.2 6.1 14.4
 Net fixed assets 6.9 9.0
 Current assets 2.7 78.0
 Current liabilities 8.8 10.6
 Borrowings 4.9 10.1
 Reserves & surplus 6.3 4.8
 Count of Cos. 3,448 3,407 3,348 135
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 23 Jan 2018 9:21AM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17
All Companies
 Income 10.0 5.3 1.4 6.6
 Expenses 9.9 5.4 1.5 7.1
 Net profit -2.5 1.6 -12.6 18.7
 PAT margin (%) 3.1 3.2 2.9 5.7
 Assets 12.3 9.4 9.8 8.3
 Net worth 9.6 8.7 10.8 7.2
 RONW (%) 6.1 6.1 5.1 8.3
 Count of Cos. 24,439 24,353 22,049 8,816
Non-financial Companies
 Income 9.7 4.5 0.5 6.4
 Expenses 9.4 4.6 -0.3 7.6
 Net profit -3.1 -5.5 12.5 11.8
 PAT margin (%) 2.2 2.1 2.6 5.3
 Net fixed assets 11.7 13.3 15.6 7.3
 Net worth 8.2 7.1 11.2 5.3
 RONW (%) 5.0 4.9 5.4 9.0
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.1 1.1 1.1 0.8
 Interest cover (times) 2.0 1.9 2.0 2.9
 Net working capital cycle (days) 69 67 65 52
 Count of Cos. 19,688 19,805 18,467 6,761
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 21 Jan 2018 12:27PM

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