Government ropes in NAFED to procure perishables in a bid to get farmers better price

Jan 15, 2019

Agri-cooperative major NAFED, that undertakes procurement of primarily pulses and oilseeds on behalf of the government has been roped in by the government itself to undertake procurement of perishables from glut areas and sell them in places having high demand in a bid to ensure better prices to farmers.

Food Processing Minister said that a mechanism is being worked out to link producing states with consuming states under the ‘Green Operation’ scheme covering tomato, onion and potatoes.

The minister added that tying up with organisations like NAFED will help farmers get proper income of their produce. The government will get involved in this process and become facilitator to ensure that perishable items reach those involved in food processing industry also, she said.

Badal stated that it is every now and then seen that farmers from states like UP, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, and Maharashtra discard their items or doing distress sale of their produce, but this will soon change.

The Centre has already started work on developing mechanism to ensure that states producing any item in excess are able to transport that to other states where there is demand, she added. Badal also expressed concern over poor food processing levels in the country.

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