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Govt ropes in Nafed for buying perishables in glut areas

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government has roped in organisations like Nafed to undertake procurement of perishables from glut areas and sell them in places having high demand in a bid to ensure better prices to farmers, Food Processing said Monday.

A mechanism is being worked out to link producing states with consuming states under the 'Green Operation' scheme covering tomato, onion and potatoes.

"We have already tied up with organisations like Nafed to make this happen. This well greatly help farmers by getting them proper income of their produce," Badal said after inaugurating second edition of and fair 'Indus Food'.

The government will get involved in this process and become facilitator to ensure that perishable items reach those involved in also, she said in a statement.

Nafed is an agri-cooperative that undertakes procurement of primarily pulses and oilseeds on behalf of the government.

"Everyday we hear from states like UP, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, of farmers discarding their items or doing distress sale of their produce. But this is soon going to change...," the said.

The Centre has already started work on developing mechanism to ensure that states producing any item in excess are able to transport that to other states where there is demand, she added.

Badal also expressed concern over in the country.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 20:05 IST