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Will not let pulses’ price fall against farmers’ interest

08 Jun 2017

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed future action plans and preparations of Agriculture Department at Mantralaya in Bhopal on June 8. Reviewing the onion purchase arrangements, CM Chouhan said that onion at the rate of Rs. 8 per k.g. will be purchased from the farmers and will be made available for poor consumers at the rate of Rs. 2 per k.g. from PDS shops. Limit for purchase will be fixed for the consumers. It may be mentioned that about 4 hundred consumers are covered by one PDS shop.

Regarding purchase of Tuar Dal, CM Shri Chouhan issued instructions that availability of tuar in each district should be assessed. Tuar, Moong and Urad will be purchased from one centre only. A total of 80 procurement centres has been set up till date. It was informed in the meeting that as per the estimation, one to one and a half lakh metric tonne Tuar will be purchased till June 30. CM Chouhan clarified that pulses will not be imported to avoid price fall in domestic market and loss to the farmers. He further mentioned that he will not let pulses’ prices fall to enable farmers to get the full price of their produce. No exemption of any kind will be given on pulses, he added.

CM Chouhan gave directives for the establishment of ‘Price Stabilisation Fund’ with immediate effect. He also instructed for appointments of chairman and members after forming an organizational structure of Agriculture Cost and Marketing Commission.

CM Chouhan told the officials to select centres and places for Kharif crop procurement in advance to avoid even a slight delay in purchase on support price.

App for consultancy on crops will be Prepared

Chief Minister Chouhan issued instructions for preparation of scheme to give mobile based SMS or consultancy to the farmers. He said that farmers should have information about each crop. Farmers should know about the area and how much quantity of seeds should be sowed to enable them to get proper rates for their produces in a case of bumper crops. Farmers should not get affected owing to excess production and low prices. Therefore, he issued instructions for preparation of an App-based database of farmers so that they could register detail easily on it. He also asked for considering linkage of potential crop buyers with the app. CM Chouhan gave directives for forming a committee to deliberate and prepare a strategy on various issues related to this subject. He further directed the officials to present a draft of scheme regarding one-time settlement schemes announced for the farmers until Monday. He said that it is our priority to ensure the benefit of a credit card scheme to defaulter farmers.

Chief Secretary Shri B.P. Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Shri A.P. Singh, Principal Secretary to CM Shri Ashok Varnwal, Agriculture Production Commissioner P.C. Meena and Senior Officers of Cooperative, Mandi Board and MARKFED were present in the meeting.