Chief Minister Sri YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said that there should be an effective mechanism on market intelligence for agriculture products and asked the officials to take immediate steps to keep the prices of vegetables under check.
Speaking at a review meeting on Agriculture Mission here on Saturday, he said that a new mechanism should be evolved based on the inputs from Agriculture Committees and a long-term plan should be drafted for stabilising the prices.
A Cell should be formed with experts for purchase agriculture produce and marketing and in the next meeting of the Mission the discussion will be on the agriculture yield, MSP and the situation in the market.
The officials brought to the notice of the chief minister that some pulses and tomatoes are not getting proper prices due to the availability of socks with farmers, government and import policy and in the coming days the issue would be addressed to. The chief minister has also enquired about the growing prices of onions and asked the officials to put a check on it.
During the previous government term, businessmen and politicians in the garb of farmers have duped the farmers to a great extent. Village volunteers should help out famers in all possible ways and they should get MSP.
From the rabi crop, farmers should be helped in all aspects, the chief minister told the officials. Making best use of Market Stabilisation Fund, and opening of purchasing centres should ensure that farmers get proper price to their produce, he said.
The dues to farmers of the previous government which accumulated up to Rs 1,830 crores will be cleared by month end. Rythu Bharosa and input subsidies will come a long way in helping farmers in the days to come, he said.
The cultivation of pulses should be encouraged in dry and arid lands, he said. (EOM)