Minimum Support Price Current Affairs - 2020

Lock Down: Agriculture and allied activities exempted

On March 28, 2020, the Union Agriculture Minister announced that agriculture and farming related activities have been exempted from Lock Down. This was introduced in the second addendum introduced by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Highlights

Under the second addendum issued by the Home Ministry towards the lock down, the following categories have been exempted

  • The ‘Mandis’ operated by the APMC (Agriculture Produce Market Committee)
  • The agencies or enterprises that are involved in procurement of agricultural products. This includes the Minimum Support Price operations as well
  • Packaging and Manufacturing units of fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Movement of machineries involved in harvesting and sowing. The movements within the states and between the states have been exempted from the lock down.

Significance

The move has been brought in to facilitate unhindered activities related to farming and agriculture. Also, this will also ensure supply of essential commodities to common people during the lock down.

Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojna Scheme: Haryana includes more crops

The state government Haryana has decided to bring more crops under its ‘Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojna (BBY)’ scheme. The decision was taken at a BBY’s review meeting which was presided by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

About Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojna (BBY) scheme

BBY is a scheme for vegetable growers. Under it farmers get compensated for selling their crop at a price lower than that fixed by government. The scheme launched in January 2018 then included potato, onion, tomato and cauliflower. It has been very successful in past two years it.

For getting the scheme benefits, the state’s farmers have to register themselves on ‘Meri Fasal Mera Byora (MFMB)’ portal and if they get a price lower than price fixed by government for their crop on its sale in the mandis, the difference will be paid as incentive to the farmers directly into their bank accounts.

More crops that will be includes under BBY are– Carrots, peas, kinnow, guava, capsicum and brinjal will also be included. Under BBY the price of carrots has been fixed at Rs.700/ quintal and peas Rs.1100/quintal. However, the rate of capsicum and brinjal will be decided on the recommendation of the committee constituted under the Haryana Kisan Kalyan Ayog chairman.