The ‘Meri Fasal Mera Buyora’ scheme was triggered by a recent spike in arrival of crops from other states to Haryana mandis in lure of smooth government procurement and bonus to farmers.
The Manohar Lal Khattar government has made a comprehensive purchase of various agri commodities. “We are buying every grain of sunflower, bajra and sarso so that the farmers are fully benefitted in the state,” a senior official at Haryana Marketing Board told ET. “The procurement has far exceeded the targets set by the Centre.”
This has prompted farmers from neighbouring Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, where procurement remains tardy despite heavy production, to send these commodities to Haryana.
“The chief secretary would engage all district commissioners through video conference this week to speed up the momentous task to cover all farmers,” a senior government official told ET. “The data would facilitate purchase of crops from farmers in Haryana at the minimum support price and ensure that the state’s funds are not spent on crops from neighbouring states.”
There are over 16 lakh farmers in Haryana and only a few hundred of them have so far registered on the portal.
The farmers need to upload the details about the crop sown in their field on a portal at the nearby Common Service Centres (CSCs) or Atal Seva Kendras by July 31. They are also required to file details about the non-cultivated land they possess. A financial incentive of Rs 10 per acre or part thereof, subject to a minimum of Rs 20 to a maximum Rs 50, would be provided to each farmer for registering in the portal. This amount will be deposited directly in their bank accounts. An incentive of Rs 5 on per farmer entry would also be given to the CSCs where the entry is to be done, the official said.
The portal would also provide various information to the farmers and make distribution of seeds, fertilisers and farm loans more transparent and easy. The availability of subsidy on agriculture implements and damage assessment during natural calamities would be eased, the government official said.