Overall scheme under ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’: Central fruit-veggie scheme in the middle of Covid won’t assist Punjab as it ends prior to harvesting season
November 15, 2020 9: 33: 34 pm
The supply chain was interrupted and farmers were not able to offer their produce in the market. (Express File Image)
REGARDLESS OF BEING included in ‘Operation Greens’ as part of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’– extended by the Centre to consist of not simply TOP (Tomato, Onion and Potato) but all vegetables and fruits (TOTAL) amidst the pandemic— Punjab may not benefit as the scheme will end before harvesting begins for the primary crops.
The purpose of the plan was to assist farmers affected by limitations. The supply chain was disrupted and farmers were not able to sell their fruit and vegetables in the market. To the economy as part of ‘Atamnirbhar Bharat’, this scheme was extended for six months, ending in November.
The plan offers 50 percent aid on transport from surplus production to lacking markets and 50 percent subsidy on storage, including freezer.
The plan was carried out on June 10 this year.
Previously, Punjab was kept out of the list of states to benfit under TOP, which was a Rs 500 crore scheme announced in 2018 already finance minister Arun Jaitley During the Covid period, present Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a main sector scheme– ‘Operation Greens’– for integrated development of TOP and reached all fruits and veggies (OVERALL).
In Punjab, potato, kinnow and vegetables come under the TOTAL plan, but even though the scheme was extended by 6 months, the state will not benefit as all these are winter crops to be harvested in December.
Potato sowing just got over in Punjab.
” We have composed to the Centre to extend this plan,” stated Ranbir Singh, general manager, Punjab Agro, including that thinking about Punjab is the significant potato seed-growing state and just grower of kinnow fruit, it is necessary to extend the plan till completion of season for both crops.
In Punjab, harvesting of table potatoes starts in December and the main crop can be found in February and March, while kinnow arrival also begins early December and continues till March.
There are times when farmers have been selling both crops at rates much listed below even their input cost.
” Punjab might not be producing much table potato compared to other states however it is a primary seed manufacturer of the country. It might not be left out from the TOP plan and now TOTAL need to be extended,” said Managing Director, Punjab Agro, Manjit Singh Brar, including that Punjab farmers had actually dealt with major losses in 2018 and 2019 due to non-inclusion in the TOP plan.
Punjab is a major supplier of seed potatoes to farmers in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and other potato producing states. It fulfills almost two-third of the nation’s seed requirement.
Out of its total 2.7 million tonnes (MT) production, 1.6 MT comprises seed potatoes, which are grown on over one lakh hectares throughout the Doaba area, that includes Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr. Kinnow is also grown just in Punjab in over 50,000 hectares area. Nearly 10- lakh tonnes of the fruit is grown in the state every year.
” If the government supports us under TOTAL, Punjab’s farmers will diversify more locations under vegetables and fruits,” stated a farmer.
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