History

During the freedom struggle a commitment was made by our national leaders to embark on a programme for the planed development of country. To honour this commitment one of the goals laid down by the Planning Commission was to increase production to the maximum possible extent to achieve higher level off national and per capita income including agricultural sector. To attain the goal in agricultural sector, it was essential to have an equitable distribution of land and resources which at that time were in the possession of a privileged few. With this aim in view Zamidari System was abolished and surplus land acquired by the state was distributed among farmers and landless labourers. The programmes like Intensive Agricultural Development Programme (IADP) were launched. Stress was given on enlargement of employment potential in agricultural sector and fostering area planning for integrated rural development. While, at the national level the stress was given to maximize the production, at the state level the stress was laid on regulating sale, storage and processing of agricultural produce mainly with a social purpose to ensure remunerative return to the farmers, availability of the produce to the consumers at reasonable rates and providing a firm infrastructure to the traders dealing in this trade. This objective was sought to be achieved by constituting State Agricultural Marketing Boards in most of the States. National Capital Territory of Delhi which is an important trading centre is also no exception.

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