With a view to promoting diversification and giving a fillip to the state-run mandis (grain markets), Haryana agriculture minister OP Dhankar on Thursday announced the launch of a scheme ‘Krishak upahar yojana’ (gift scheme for farmers) under which prizes worth Rs 12 crore would be provided annually to farmers for bringing their produce, with minimum value of 5,000, to the mandis.
Briefing newspersons, Dhankar said that the farmers selling produce with minimum value of Rs 5,000 would be given a form (J-form) which would be considered as their lottery number. He said that a total of 32,072 prizes would be given away on these tickets by draw of lots. These prizes would include 84 tractors , 188 motorcycles, 872 cultivators, 608 laptops and 11,020 spray pumps, among other items.
The scheme would be applicable only in the case of private procurement of crops other than those purchased at the minimum support price (MSP) fixed by the government. These crops could be mustard, basmati, cotton, guar and millet, among others.
He said that these prizes would be given twice a year for both rabi and kharif seasons.
Dhankar said that 27 mandis of the state would be developed as e-mandis and linked with the national agriculture market on the pattern of Karnataka so that farmers could get good price for their harvest from any location.
Dhankar also announced to give incentives to employees of the Haryana State Agriculture Marketing Board for good performance. He said that employees in various mandis would be given targets of collecting revenue according to circumstances of the area. The employees achieving these targets would be given 2% to 4% advance increments. Besides, bonus would be given to all employees if they deliver outstanding overall performance pertaining to revenue of mandi.
To a question, he said that all the four agro-malls constructed during the previous Congress government had failed to get desired results because of various reasons.
The prices were the main reason as there was a little margin of profit in the sale of vegetables and fruits while the shops’ rent at the malls was quite high. “Therefore, we have decided to rent them out to all types of companies, including the farm producers to sell their products. However, these would be run by the Haryana Agriculture Marketing Board’’, he said.
FLOWER MANDI IN GURGAON
Dhankar said that the government had decided to set up a mandi of flowers in Gurgaon. The agriculture minister said the mandi in Gurgaon would benefit farmers of the state in a big way.
Replying to a question, Birender slammed Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi for not giving importance to the views of the party leaders and workers. “The Congress leaders and workers can raise their issues with party president Sonia Gandhi.