Good news for farmers in Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has assured that their kharif crop will be purchased on similar lines with an assured Minimum Support Price as the wheat and rice crops are. He announced this at the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Mandi Parishad of the state. Another big decision at the meeting was that the Rs 2,911.18 crore budget for 2018-19 was passed.
The CM directed that the maize crop ready for sale in the Aligarh and Moradabad mandals should be purchased at MSP. He also directed the officials to ensure that arrangements should be made to buy the wheat and rice crops at MSP.
The long-standing demand for the modernization of mandis was also discussed and it was decided that this would be done in a phased manner. The first phase will see an expenditure of Rs 150 crore. A proposal to set up 25 new mandis was also accepted. These modern new mandis will have a welcome area, a rest area, conveniences, wi-fi, cold storage, ripening chamber and waste disposal facilities. Farmers will be given plastic crates at no cost to ensure that vegetables and fruits are not damaged. The annual budgetary allocation for this is Rs 150 crore.
At present, there are 250 mandis in the state. All will have CCTV surveillance.
The 150 haaths and painths in the state will also be modernized.
Directions were also issued to the UP Council of Agricultural Research to explore the possibility of improving production and export of the kala namak variety of rice. A special plan for promoting export of agri products was also accepted.
काला नमक चावल के उत्पादन/विपणन एवं निर्यात प्रोत्साहन व अनुसंधान के लिए शोध अनुदान दिए जाने का प्रस्ताव पारित।— CM Office, GoUP (@CMOfficeUP) July 24, 2018