Operation Green

Due to this pandemic supply chains have been disrupted and farmers are not being able to sell their produce in the markets. This has resulted in distress sale and reduction of price of perishable fruits and vegetables at the farm level.

  • To prevent this government has extended Operation Green from Tomatoes, Onion and Potatoes (TOP) to all fruits and vegetables (TOTAL).
  • The scheme aimed to provide 50% subsidy on transportation from surplus to deficient markets and 50% subsidy on storage, including cold storages.
  • It is a Pilot project for 6 months which will be expanded and extended.

National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP)

The GoI had earlier launched National Animal Disease Control Programme for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis with total outlay of INR. 13,343 crores

  • The scheme aimed to ensure 100% vaccination for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and for brucellosis.
  • The scheme covers total 53 crore animals comprising of cattle, buffalo, sheep, goat and pig population.
  • Till date, 1.5 crore cows & buffaloes tagged and vaccinated.

Boost to Farmgate Infrastructure

INR 1,00,000 crore will be provided for funding Agriculture Infrastructure Projects at farm-gate & aggregation points (Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies, Farmers Producer Organisations, Agriculture entrepreneurs, Start- ups, etc.)

Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund

  • Outlay of INR.15,000
  • Aim to support private investment in dairy processing, value addition and cattle feed infrastructure
  • Incentives to be given for establishing plants for export of niche products

Essential commodities Act, 1955

  • The EC Act,1955 is prpopsed to be amended to deregulate agriculture food stuffs like cereals, edible oils, oilseeds, pulses, onions and potato.
  • This will help farmers to get better price for the produce by attracting investment and making agricultural sector competitive.
  • No such stock limit shall apply to processors or value chain participant, subject to their installed capacity or to any exporter subject to the export demand

Central Law for farmers

  • Currently farmers are bound to sell agriculture produce only to Licensees in APMCs.
  • Central law will provide.
    • choices to farmer to sell produce at attractive price
    • Barrier free Inter-State Trade
    • Framework for e-trading of agriculture produce.
  • This will help farmers in Hindrances free flow of Agricultural Produce

Legal framework For Assured Price And Quality For Farmers

  • Framework will :
    • Provide standard mechanism for predictable prices of crops at the time of sowing
    • Enable farmers for engaging with processors, aggregators, large retailers, exporters etc. in a fair and transparent manner.
  • Risk mitigation for farmers, assured returns and quality standardisation shall form integral part of the framework.

BJAA Thoughts

The  FM’s  speech  announced   is  aimed  to  benefit  all  the  parties  involved  in  the agricultural & it’s allied sector and this is one of the most important announcement’s for the country as a whole as   it targets the agricultural sector which contributes to 16.5% of the GVA in the year 2019-20. The reforms are much needed overhaul for the sector which will enable the   farmers by doubling the income, generate more employment and growth for the sector as whole.

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