Here is good news for Madhya Pradesh farmers. Amidst the ongoing farmers’ protest, Shivraj government is going to take a big decision. Under this, farmers could sell their wheat produce to private centers on the MSP. For this, permission will be given to open purchasing centers in the region.
Private Purchasing Centres
Till now, the procurement of wheat has been done by the State Civil Supplies Corporation and State Marketing Cooperative Union at support price (MSP). But now, the Mandi act is same as before, as Supreme Court has postponed the implementation of new laws. And now, the MP government is preparing to allow the private sector to open purchasing centers. Under this, if the trader wants to purchase the produce directly from the farmers, then they will have to take the license for that.
As per the information, many traders including ITC Company are preparing to open private purchasing centers. If this happens, farmers will get increased benefits.
Increased number of Procurement Centres
Procurement can reach to 125 lakh ton because the opening of Mandis. As per the agricultural experts’ belief, this time wheat will be purchased at the rate of Rs. 1,975 per quintal. It is estimated that 20 lakh farmers will sell the wheat at MSP.
In Madhya Pradesh, crop registration process is going on, and crop purchasing will start from 15 March and will continue till 15 May. This time, 4,529 procurement centers have been set up all over Madhya Pradesh for wheat procurement. Around 4,13,000 farmers have registered for the purchase of wheat at MSP. At the same time, it is estimated that around 20 lakh more farmers can be registered till 20 February. And this is the reason that the government has increased the number of procurement centers this time compared to that of last time.
Another important thing to mention is that, recently MP government has taken a decision to provide electricity subsidy to farmers directly in their accounts.