Which state is the first to fix floor prices for vegetables?
By Priti Kumari
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amidst the ongoing agitation of farmers against the centre's newly introduced 'Farm Bills', Kerala, a non-BJP state, has declared to fix a floor price for vegetables.
Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan via a web telecast on Tuesday has promulgated that Kerala from November 1, will provide a floor price of 20% above the production cost for the 16 varieties of vegetables produced in Kerala. He ensured the farmers that even if the market price reaches below this, the government will acquire the farm produce at the floor price. A farmer can benefit with 15 acres of vegetable cultivation in a single crop season, he claimed. The scheme will soon set up cold storage facilities and refrigerated vehicles for transporting the produce. For the systematizing the procurement and distribution of vegetables, the Local Self Government(LSG) bodies role will be remarkable, the CM cited.
"This is the first time in the country that the floor price is being fixed for vegetables produced in the state. This is going to provide relief as well as support for the farmers. The produce will be graded and the floor price will be fixed based on the quality. Sixteen varieties of vegetables would be covered in the first phase and there is a provision to revise the floor price regularly. Farmers can register on the agriculture department's registration portal after insuring the crop to get the benefit of the floor price".
Citing his government achievement, the CM said Kerala's vegetable production in the last 4 and half years increased to 14.72 lakh tonnes from 7 lakh tonnes. Further, he underlined his government's agenda of increasing production by an additional 1 lakh tonnes each of vegetables and tuber crops, for this fiscal year.