Operation Greens to be extended to all fruits, vegetables

The scheme will have a 50% subsidy on transportation from surplus to deficient markets and 50% subsidy on storage, including cold storage

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Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that Operation Green would be expanded from only tomatoes, onions and potatoes to all fruits and vegetables with an additional fund of Rs 5 bn.

The scheme will feature a 50 per cent subsidy on transportation from surplus to deficient markets and 50 per cent subsidy on storage, including cold storage. It will be piloted for six months and expanded and extended thereafter. It looks at bringing better price realisation to farmers, reduce wastage and affordability of products for consumers.

Supply chains have been disrupted during the lockdown for the coronavirus disease and farmers have not been able to sell their produce in the markets. Farmers have even had to go for distress sale and reduce the price of perishable fruits and vegetables at the farm level.

Nirmala Sitharaman was announcing the details of the Rs 20 lakh crore package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, vowing to make the country self-reliant. She said that agriculture and allied activities will be the focus of the third tranche of the economic package to combat the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Operation Greens was unveiled in 2018 and it aims to promote farmer producers organizations, agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management of agri-produce. It focuses on organized marketing of tomatoes, onions and potatoes by connecting farmers with consumers. State agriculture and other marketing federations, farmer producer organizations, cooperatives, companies, self-help groups and food processors can avail the financial assistance under it. It also aims for price stabilisation for producers by proper production planning in the tomato, opinion and potato clusters besides reduction in post-harvest losses by creation of farm gate infrastructure.

 

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