Haryana govt first to guar­an­tee ‘as­sured price’ to veg­gie farm­ers

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

The Bhar­tiya Janata Party could not ful­fil its 2014 poll prom­ise of pro­duc­tion cost plus 50% to the farm­ers, but two states ruled by it, first Mad­hya Pradesh in Au­gust and now Haryana, have come out with schemes to as­sure them at least their in­put cost if the prices crash in the mar­ket.

Haryana is rather the first state in the coun­try to give the price guar­an­tee to the veg­etable grow­ers, cov­er­ing four crops of pota­toes, onions, toma­toes and cau­li­flower in the scheme launched by Chief Min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar on Satur­day at Pad­hana vil­lage of Kar­nal, a hub of tomato grow­ers in the state.

State agri­cul­ture min­is­ter O P Dhankar claimed this guar­an­teed sort of min­i­mum sup­port price un­der the “Bha­van­tar Bharpai Yo­jana -- BBY” (Price deficit com­pen­sa­tion) is an im­prove­ment over the Mad­hya Pradesh scheme which cov­ers only three pulses and six oilseeds that are not as per­ish­able as the veg­eta­bles. “We are mak­ing the veg­etable grow­ers Jokhim Mukt (risk free) through this novel scheme,” he said.

He said the scheme will come to the res­cue of the hap­less farm­ers who have to at times ei­ther throw away their pro­duce like toma­toes and pota­toes on roads or sell at a price that does not re­cover even the cartage cost, what to say of the in­put costs in­volved in farm­ing, in the event of the prices fall­ing dras­ti­cally.

“For ex­am­ple, if the prices of pota­toes in the Mandi (veg­etable mar­ket) fall to Re 1 per kg on any given day while the grow­ers’ in­put cost is Rs 4 per kg, the gov­ern­ment will com­pen­sate him this dif­fer­ence of Rs 3 un­der the scheme,” says Dhankar, the brain be­hind the scheme.

He claims an iden­ti­cal scheme for pulses and oilseeds was launched in Mad­hya Pradesh on his sug­ges­tion. He said like wheat and rice, the Cen­tre and many other states have been fix­ing the min­i­mum sup­port price of these pro­duces but to­date there is no sup­port price for the veg­eta­bles in any state.

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