Jai Kisan Andolan will launch an agitation on the issues of Potato Farmers
8 months ago SANJEET DWIVEDI 0
“The Potato Purchase Scheme of UP’s Yogi Government has turned out to be empty promise” – Yogendra Yadav
Founder of Jai Kisan Andolan and President of Swaraj India Mr. Yogendra Yadav will launch an agitation on the issues being faced by the potato farmers. According to Mr. Yogendra Yadav, It will be a big hand to support farmers in ongoing nation-wide farmers protests.
Mr . Yogendra Yadav in the recent press release of Swaraj Abhiyan has said that the Potato Purchase Scheme of Uttar Pradesh’s government, headed by Mr. Yogi Adityanath, has turned out to be nothing but an empty promise.
According to Mr. Yadav, Potato Farmers of Uttar Pradesh have not received any relief till the date as the Government has failed to purchase even 1% of the promised purchase. It is widening the very grief of Potato Farmers in Uttar Pradesh.
He has further added that the true image of the Yogi Government has been exposed as it does not want to give any relief to farmers and only wants to take credit on the basis of false propaganda.
In the second cabinet meeting of the state government of Uttar Pradesh on 10th April, the Government had announced that under market intervention scheme it would purchase 10 lakh quintals of potato at the rate of Rs.487 per quintal.
As per reports, total production of potato in UP during the current season is 15.5 lakh quintals while the state government has purchased only 12,000 quintals. Thus, farmers have been compelled to sell potatoes below their cost of cultivation.
One of the main reason for such shortfall in the procurement of potatoes is the arbitrary imposition of a pre-procurement requirement/condition. Under this condition of pre-procurement, the size of procured potatoes has to be within 33 to 55 mm.
In every 100 quintals of potato, only 20 quintals meet this requirement. Farmers, who will come to sell their potato to the Government, will thus be able to sell only 20 quintals. They will have to bear the to and fro transport cost of the 80 quintals that will remain unsold, causing huge loss.
Mr . Yadav also said ” the imposition of such whimsical requirements shows that the intention of the Government was not to purchase potatoes.If the Government really wanted to purchase potatoes, it would not have imposed conditions where sale by farmers is difficult and instead would have purchased potatoes which the farmers had kept in cold storage by paying the storage rent”.
Concerning with huge loss of farmers and their grief, Jai Kisan Andolan will launch an agitation on the issues being faced by the potato farmers. This agitation will make a part of the ongoing nationwide farmers’ protests.
Know about Jai Kisan Andolan
Jai Kisan Andolan is a social movement for farmers rights in India. It aims to highlight the very concerns, grief, and the plight of farmers. due to alleged lapses in public policies related to agriculture.
It aims to highlight the very concern, grief, and the plight of farmers i.e occurring due to lapses in government policies.
Mr . Yogendra Yadav is National Convener of Jai Kisan Andolan which is a farmers wing of Swaraj Abhiyan.
Know about Yogendra Yadav
Mr . Yogendra Yadav is National President of Swaraj India, Founder of Jai Kisan Andolan and Founding Member of Swaraj Abhiyan.
He is also a political scientist and a political activist. He has been a former Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS)
Know about Market Intervention Scheme
Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) is a scheme for procurement of perishable horticultural and agricultural commodities.
MIS is implemented by the Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
MIS provides remunerative prices to the farmers in case of an excessively abundant supply in production and fall in prices.
State Governments/Union-Territories administrations make specific request to share the loss with Central Government on 50:50 basis (75:25 in the case of North-Eastern States) under MIS.
Funds are not allocated to the states under MIS. State Governments/Union-Territories gets fund as the central share of losses as per the guidelines of MIS.