New Delhi, August 3: No report of black mar?keting of onion and tomato has been received from the States/UTs. State governments as well as Central government continue to ex?ercise powers under the Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Es?sential Commodities Act, 1980 for preventing such practices. The Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribu?tion, Ashwini Kumar Choubey informed the Lok Sabha today in a written reply to a ques?tion. The Minister informed that the prices of vegetables are determined by the normal mar?ket forces of demand and supply as well as production/harvest season. The prices of vege?tables are also influenced by other factors such as disruptions in supply chain, functioning of mandis, rainfall, labour, transportation etc. The Government is implementing market informa?tion system where the prices of vegetables are collected through Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) mandis and disseminated for its use by the farmers through Agmarknet portal, Mobile applications etc. for better price realization. To give fair price to the farmers for green vegetables, the Government is imple?menting the scheme of ‘Operation Greens’ for integrated development of Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) value chain since 2018-19. The major objectives of the scheme inter alia include enhancing value realization of TOP farmers; Price stabilization for producers and consumers; reduction in post-harvest losses; increase in food processing capacities and value addition in TOP value chain by creating firm linkages with production clusters. Further, the Government has extended the Short Term Price Stabilization Measures from Tomato, Onion and Potato to another 41 notified crops?fruits and vegetables w.e.f 11.06.2020. As on 19.07.2021, total subsidy of Rs 47.66 crore has been released as part of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan under Operation Greens scheme.

2021-08-04 | Delhi