Satyadeo Narain Arya who was delivering his address on the first day of Budget Session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today said that his Government has with a renewed mandate been working on all fronts.
He said that a record procurement of 6.19 lakh metric tonnes mustard was done during marketing season 2019-20. Besides 13,156 metric tonnes of sunflower was also procured. The entire payment at Minimum Support Prices for these crops was made directly into the accounts of the farmers.
he Governor said that to ensure complete transparency in procurement, all efforts are being made to procure maximum quantity of crops through Farmer Registration Portal – Meri Fasal Mera Byora which utilizes four parameters, namely self-entry by farmers, e-Girdawari, verification by agriculture extension officers and authentication through satellite imagery. More than 6.40 lakh farmers have been registered in this mode for the ongoing Rabi season so far.
He said that during the current financial year, 93.60 lakh metric tonne of wheat was procured at Minimum Support Price and an amount of Rs 17,222.40 crore was paid to the farmers for it. During the Kharif marketing season 2019-20, 64.69 lakh metric tonne of paddy amounting to Rs 11,870.62 crore was procured at Minimum Support Price of Rs 1,835 per quintal. He said that the State Government is committed to ensure that the farmers of major Horticulture crops get remunerative prices. Bhavantar Bharpai Yojana (BBY), insulates such farmers if market prices remain low. Twelve new vegetables namely, carrot, peas, brinjal, capsicum, lady finger, chilli, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, turmeric, cabbage, radish, garlic and 3 fruit crops namely guava, mango and kinnow have recently been included under this Scheme.
Mr Arya said that the State Government is establishing Integrated Pack Houses for farmers for grading, sorting, packing, branding, value addition, storage and refrigerated transport of fruit and vegetables and is providing direct access to market by eliminating intermediaries. We have established three such Pack Houses with a cost of Rs 14.36 crore and additional 52 such projects in various horticulture crop clusters with a cost of Rs 181.72 crore would be established in the year 2020, he added.