Immediate and Long Term Remedies to be adopted for providing Reasonable Rates of Produces to Farmers

13 Jul 2017
Immediate and Long Term Remedies to be adopted for providing Reasonable Rates of Produces to Farmers

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that immediate and long term, both the remedies will be adopted for providing reasonable rates to the farmers for their produces. Work to provide relief to the farmers will be continued under immediate remedy. Storage capacity will be increased, maximum processing units will be established, price protection will be given and benefits of global market will be derived under the long term remedies. CM Chouhan was addressing the meeting of Agriculture Task force held at Mantralaya today. Deliberations with agriculture experts on farmers not getting reasonable rates despite good production took place in the meeting.

CM Chouhan mentioned that increase in agriculture production has set a record in the state, but a problem as regard to decline in rates for agriculture produces has surfaced. An ideal arrangement will be made to redress this problem. A policy incorporating rates protection and processing arrangements will be formed. Under the policy, young children of farmers will be encouraged to make infrastructure for processing units and storage. A chain of cold storage facility will be developed in the state for onion, potatoes, fruits and vegetables and special focus will be laid on marketing. Moreover, marketing of special produces like potatoes of Malwa, Sharbati wheat, tuar pulse produced on Narmada banks and special garlic produced in Jeeran of Neemuch will be undertaken.

Moreover , CM Chouhan stated that production of food grain became double in the state during the last 5 years. Irrigation area has been increased. Seed replacement rate has become 30 percent. Advance storage arrangement for fertilizer has been made. State tops in country in soil testing. Work on all the aspects to increase production has been carried out speedily resulted in good production. The problem for not getting reasonable rates by the farmers has surfaced despite good production. Therefore, as a immediate step, onion at the rate of Rs. 8 per k.g. and tuar, urad, moong at support price have been purchased. Even then, long term solutions are must to redress this problem.

Agriculture Experts and Ministers suggested remedies for providing reasonable rates to the farmers in the meeting.

Agriculture Expert Dr. Ashok Gulati – Storage capacity for agriculture produces should be increased 5 to 10 folds. Investment should be made for this. Agriculture produces should be linked with distribution network for marketing. Operation Vegies should be conducted for vegetable production in the state on the lines of operation flood carried out in Gujarat for milk production.

Agriculture Expert Dr. Punjab Singh- Take problem of Madhya Pradesh as a challenge. Provide employment to rural youth through investment in food processing and rates protection. Focus should be laid on safety measures with increase in agriculture production.

Entrepreneur of Agriculture Sector Shri Prashant Agrawal- Attention should be paid on training of youths in storage and food processing sector. Training arrangements should be made at district level. Moreover, cold arrangements should be made in vegetable mandis at village level.

Agriculture Expert Dr. Gyanendra Singh- Arrangements like custom hiring of agriculture equipments should be made in storage and food processing. Also, infrastructure should be developed for processing and storage of agriculture produces in rural areas.

Agriculture Expert Dr. R.K. Patil- Small processing units should be established in every village. Products should be prepared for processed food.

Finance Minister Shri Jayant Malayya- Purchase on support price should be ensured for the farmers. Storage capacity should be increased.

Agriculture Minister Shri Gourishankar Bisen- Attention should be paid on quality food.There are good opportunities for organic produces.

Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava- Arrangements should be made for storage by national organization. Arrangements should be made that farmers do not get affected by decline in agriculture produces rates.

Forest Minister Dr. Gourishankar Shejwar- Processing units for produces like onion and tomatoes should be established in districts.

 Energy Minister Shri Paras Jain- Plants should be established to prepare products meant for export to global market.

MoS Cooperative Shri Vishwas Sarang- Food processing units should be established under cooperative sector. Multi-utility godowns should be made for storage.

Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Shri Omprakash Dhurve, Minister of State for Narmada Valley Development Shri Lal Singh Arya. Minister of State for Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa, Minister of State for Horticulture Shri Suryaprakash Meena, Chief Secretary Shri B.P. Singh and senior officers of concerned departments were present in the meeting.