Earlier this year Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured farmers that they are his ‘TOP’ priority.
At Bengaluru he had said so, now TOP means Tomato, Onion, Potato. He told, “We have launched Operation Green in interest of these farmers.”
He added that Operation Green would be beneficial for farmers just like Amul model was successful in dairy. TOP prices carry heavy political significance. Fluctuating prices of Tomato, Onion and Potato have often impacted electoral prospects of incumbent parties.
Perhaps the government had that too on its mind when it started Operation Green to stabilize TOP prices across the country.
‘Operation green’ would be beneficial for farmers just like the Amul model was successful in dairy,” he said.
TOP prices carry heavy political significance. Fluctuating prices of tomato, onion and potato have often impacted electoral prospects of incumbent parties. Perhaps the government had that too on its mind when it started Operation green to stabilize the market of those crops all across the country, felt experts.
The scheme was announced in the Union Budget 2018-19 with an outlay of Rs 500 crore to stabilise the supply and prices of TOP crops. While plunging prices of these crops hit farmers, when the prices skyrocket the buyers are affected. By establishing linkages and infrastructure involving farmers, food processing industry and the market.Operation Green will aim to contain fluctuation in TOP prices. The government has recently approved guidelines for Rs 500 crore Operation Green programme to boost production and processing of TOP crops.
The government has laid down special measures and grantsunder the scheme to ensure enhanced production of TOP crops and to augment value chain.
The scheme aims to reduce post-harvest losses by creation of farm gate infrastructure, agro-logistics and storage capacity
It would help increase processing capacities and value addition. A market intelligence network would also be established to collect and collate real-time data on demand and supply and price of these crops. The scheme will boost storage and food-processing infrastructure at 23 pre-identified hubs across 20 states.