Chief Minister welcomes ‘The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020′ and ‘The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020’
These bills will bring wide changes in the agriculture sector : Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
The provisions of the bills reflect the resolve of the PM towards farmers welfare
Both bills are entirely in favour of agriculture and farmers
Now the farmers will be freed from unnecessary legislation
Farmers will get right price of their produce
Central and state governments are committed to the farmers welfare
The state government exempted 45 items of fruits and vegetables from Mandi Tax Fee which benefited the farmers directly
Warehouses of 5000 MT capacity each being constructed in 37 Mandi premises
27 main mandis are being developed as Modern Kisan Mandis
State Government is soon coming out with an extensive policy to promote Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs)
Efforts are afoot to purchase paddy, pulses and oilseed crops at the MSP in the larger interest of farmers
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has welcomed the two farmers-friendly bills-‘The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020′ and ‘The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020’- and said these will bring about wide-ranging changes in agriculture sector.
The CM said these bills truly reflect Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s resolve to ensure welfare of the farmers. He thanked the Prime Minister for this public welfare endeavour. He said that the provisions of these bills will herald a new era in the agriculture sector.
Describing it as a unique and historic step of the Prime Minister, the CM said that both the bills are in the favour of farmers and agriculture as a whole. It will help increase income of the farmers manifold.
The CM said the provisions of these bills will free the farmers from unnecessary legislation, bring fundamental changes in the agriculture sector, give impetus to investment in the farm sector and increase employment. It will favourably affect the agriculture economy which in turn will strengthen the economy of the country.
The CM said that ‘The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020′ will promote barrier-free inter-state and intra-state trade and commerce. This will create an ecosystem where the farmers can enjoy freedom of choice of sale and purchase of produce.
Echoing the commitment of the Prime Minister to double the income of the farmers, the CM said that these bills are entirely in favour of the farmer community. It was for the Prime Minister that he brought about historical and unprecedented increase in Minimum Support price (MSP) and ensured right price to farmers of their produce in a speedy and transparent manner.
The CM said that the Central and the state governments are committed towards welfare of farmers. Farmers will get fair price of their produce. He said that certain political parties are showing their mala fide intentions by making misleading statements. He appealed to the farmers to not be misled by these political entities who are the same who considered farmers as the ‘vote bank’ since the last six-seven decades without ever caring for their welfare.
The CM said that the state government is also striving hard to double the income of the farmers and following the guidance of the Prime Minister to achieve this. The state government has taken several policy decisions towards agriculture and farmer welfare.
The CM said that during lockdown, the state government exempted 45 items of fruits and vegetables from Mandi Fee, which benefited the farmers directly. Now the farmers are free to sell their fruits or vegetables anywhere in the state. The farmers also have the option to sell their produce in the mandis where only one percent of user charge is taken from the purchasing traders.
As per the order of the state government, all 119 sugar mills of the state ran with full capacity and produced 126.36 MT of sugar after crushing 1118 lakh tonne of sugarcane. Apart from this, the 150 lakh liter of sanitiser was also produced.
Mandi Parishad and State Warehousing Corporation are jointly constructing warehouses of 5000 MT capacity each in 37 Mandi premises. The farmers can keep their produce in these warehouses free of charge for 30 days, after that they will get 30 percent rebate on the rent. The idea is that the farmers may sell their products when they get the best price. The state government has made such an arrangement that the stored produce will be recognised as the guarantee for the farmers to get bank loans.
The state government has also decided to set up mango houses in Amroha and Varanasi districts to help value addition of the mango produce to be sold in the domestic market and abroad at a good price. The state government also affected amendments in the Mandi Act which will provide farmers more alternatives for direct sale of their produce.
The state government is developing 27 main mandis as Modern Kisan Mandis. In 24 of these, the cold chamber and ripening facilities for preservation of fruits and vegetables is being provided, so that the farmers can wait for a day or two to get their produce ripened. This project, which will have a ripening chamber of 20 MT capacity and Cold Chamber of 10 MT capacity, each project costing Rs. 3 crore, is targeted to be completed by 2020-21.
In order to further strengthen the policies of the Centre, the state government is soon coming out with an extensive policy to promote Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs). Under the policy, the FPOs will be benefited by the policies of the Centre and the State through convergence. A dedicated cell will be created under the agriculture department to address the problems of the FPOs. Also, the establishment of FPOs will enable the farmers to get direct benefit of the sale. They will get a better return on the sale by reducing the cost input and improving the productivity.
The CM said that the reforms by the Central Government will favourably impact the farmers. The farmers will no longer be bound to sell their produce in the Mandi premises. From now onwards, they may sell their produce from warehouse, cold storage or food processing units instead of notified mandis only. Not only this, they can sell the produce to traders/food processing units at farm gates at a right price. This will save transportation and freight charges as well.
The CM said that the promotion of contract farming will help the farmers reach an agreement with the Food Processing units/exporters on individual or organised basis. This will enable them to reduce the fertilizer, seeds and other inputs cost and use modern techniques to maximise their products and get a better market. This will also provide opportunity to the farmer work according to national-international demands.
By abolishing Mandi Fee on agriculture produce coming from other states, consumers will get the benefit as well as the food processing units will get raw material without any hindrance. This, in turn, will augment Ease of Doing Business.
The CM said that both the Central and the State Governments are committed to MSP to farmers. During Covid period, wheat to the tune of 35.77 lakh tonne was purchased from the farmers. The pulses and Oilseed crops were also purchased and it was ensured that the market price should be at least at par or above the MSP. The efforts are afoot to purchase paddy, pulses and oilseed crops at the MSP in the larger interest of the farmers.