North India Kaleidoscope Bureau
With the Manohar Lal government standing by them, distressed farmers growing veggies in Haryana, will no more have to throw them on the roads in the event of a crash in prices.
With a view to protecting their interests and encouraging them to resort to the diversification of crops, the Haryana Government today launched the country’s first ‘Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojana’ in which tomato, onion, potato and cauliflower have been included. A separate fund would be constituted by the state government for the scheme.
Speaking after launching the scheme at Ganger village in Karnal,Chief Minister Manohar Lal said compensation at the rate of Rs. 400 per quintal would be given for tomato and potato whereas Rs. 500 per quintal would be given for onion and cauliflower.
The state government would make good the difference if and when the prices in the market go below the mentioned prices, he added.
He said as compared to the traditional crops, micro-irrigation would be adopted for tomato, onion, potato and cauliflower crops to save water. There are many areas in the state where people are deprived of potable drinking water and tankers are used to supply drinking water. Micro-irrigation can work with about 30 percent water and helps in saving about 70 percent.
The state has a big market like Delhi where farmers could sell their produce. The state government has been establishing small mandis in each district to enable the farmers to sell their produce. Similarly, Asia’s biggest mandi of fruits and vegetables is being set up in Ganaur. The government is also considering a proposal to provide the facility of cold storage for farmers’ produce, the Chief Minister said.
Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister O.P. Dhankar said with the launch of the scheme, the farmers in Haryana would not have to throw their produce on the roads. The state government has, in the last three years, awarded compensation of about Rs. 3,035 crore to farmers, making Haryana first such state where such a huge amount was awarded as compensation.
He said the farmers would have to get themselves registered on the Bhavantar Bharpayee website, or, in the office of Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board that he has been sowing the crop, a fact which would be confirmed by an officer appointed for this purpose. Thereafter, an SMS would be sent by the department on the farmer’s mobile number.
Chairperson, Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board Krishna Gahlawat and Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated and laid foundation stones of nine projects worth Rs 227.37 crore in Karnal.