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Kisan markets for hill districts in Uttarakhand to curb forced migration

To check forced migration from the hills, the government has initiated a scheme under which ‘Kisan Bazaars’ are being created in nine of the total 10 hill districts in Uttarakhand so that farmers get better prices of their farm produce

dehradun Updated: Dec 21, 2017 19:56 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
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'Kisan Bazaars’ and outlets have been set up in Dehradun, Bageshwar, Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag and Tehri Garhwal.(HT Photo)

To check forced migration from the hills, the government has initiated a scheme under which ‘Kisan Bazaars’ are being created in nine of the total 10 hill districts in Uttarakhand so that farmers get better prices of their farm produce.

“`Kisan Bazaars’ and outlets will be set up at village and block levels in the nine hill districts so that farmers are able to market their produce at comparatively higher prices,” additional secretary, agriculture, Ram Bilas Yadav told HT. “The scheme aims to check forced migration from the hills by ensuring that farm produce fetch better price and income of farmers is doubled compared to the past.”

Yadav said hill farmers would be able to sell their produce under two specific brands. “They will sell general farm produce under the brand name of ‘Hillance’ . “‘Organic Uttarakhand’ is another brand name under which farmers will sell their organic farm produce,” he said. People in the hilly areas would get to buy products from ‘Kisan Bazaars, he added.

‘Kisan Bazaars’ and outlets have been set up in Dehradun, Bageshwar, Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag and Tehri Garhwal. “In rest of the four (hill) districts, the plots for ‘Kisan Bazaars’ are being identified,” he said, referring to Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Pauri and Almora.

“The work of establishing ‘Kisan markets’ in the hill areas will be completed by the end of this fiscal,” Yadav said, adding those (Kisan markets and outlets) would be run by all the 130 hill farmers’ federations. These federations would not just carry out branding, packaging and grading of farm produce. “They will also ensure value addition of farm produce so that they fetch better price to farmers. The government will ensure buyers and sellers meet in this regard.”

“Besides, we are also ensuring linkages of ‘Kisan markets’ with big-time private buyers operating in Delhi and other places to ensure maximum profit for farmers,” Yadav said. “We have no such plans right now but we can exercise such an option at a later stage,” he said to a query on whether the government planned to equip ‘Kisan markets’ with cold storage facilities for keeping perishable items such as fruits and vegetables.

First Published: Dec 21, 2017 19:56 IST