Major relief for farmers


The new initiative under ‘Operation Greens’ scheme is a part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan of Government of India to support farmers of fruits and vegetables. In order to prevent distress sales, Price stabilization interventions under Central Sector Scheme ‘Operation Greens’ has been extended from Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) to all notified fruits and vegetables (TOTAL) for a period of six months on a pilot basis. Because of inadequate storage cold chain and limited connectivity, farmers of fruits and vegetables in Jammu and Kashmir have had been variously facing the problem of distress sale of their crop thus suffering huge losses. ‘Operation Greens’ was announced in the Budget Speech of 2018-19 on the line of `Operation Flood’, with an outlay of Rs 500 crore to promote Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs ), agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management. Accordingly, the Ministry formulated a scheme for integrated development of Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) value chain with objective to enhance value realisation of TOP farmers by connecting them with the market, price stabilization for producers and consumers, reduction in post-harvest losses, development of suitable agro-logistics, creation of appropriate storage capacity linking consumption centres, increase in food processing capacities and value addition, setting up of a market intelligence network to collect and collate real time data on demand and supply and price of TOP crops.
In a major initiative to prevent distress sale of crop by the farmers of J&K Union Territory, the Government of India has extended the price stabilization intervention scheme to fruits and vegetables produced in Jammu and Kashmir. Under the scheme, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, will provide 50 percent of the cost of transportation of notified crops from production clusters to consumption centres or the cost of hiring of appropriate storage facilities for a period of up to three months, if the price of the crop falls below the average price of the last three years or is 15 percent below the last year’s price. The list of notified fruits and vegetables of Jammu and Kashmir, which have been included in the scheme; are apple, almond, pear, capsicum, carrot, cucumber, okra, orange, kinnow and lemon. On a pilot basis, these fruits and vegetables of Jammu and Kashmir have been brought under the scheme for a period of six months. A formal communication in this regard has been received by the Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, from the Union Minister of Food Processing Industries.

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