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Posted at: Nov 9, 2018, 12:06 AM; last updated: Nov 9, 2018, 12:06 AM (IST)

Resume market-intervention scheme for orchardists: Mir

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, November 8

Expressing disappointment over the losses suffered by the horticulture sector in Kashmir due to untimely snowfall this year, PDP spokesman and MLA Rafiabad Yawar Dilawar Mir has urged the Governor administration to implement the much-hyped Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) that has been suspended for unknown reasons.

Astonished over the suspension of the MIS, Mir said it seemed the Governor had not been briefed by his administration about the contours of this farmer-friendly scheme. “While the promises of compensation by the Governor-led administration for orchardists is appreciable, the proposed relief amount should be doubled from Rs 10 to Rs 20 per kilogram of apple that has been hit by snow,” he demanded.The MLA observed that the Central and the state governments must take into consideration the quality of apple produced and the loss incurred due to the recent snow while formulating a compensation package for the orchardists.

“Procurement under the MIS, which was earlier Rs 10 per kg should now be enhanced to Rs 20 per kg as the quality of the fruit affected by the snow is A-Grade. Needless to say that the MIS has an already earmarked budgetary allocation available for these situations.”

The PDP spokesman said, “It is not a favour to orchardists that they will receive compensation against the damages caused to their apple produce. But the compensation should commensurate with the quality of the apple produce lost due to the snowfall.”He said the MIS was mainly launched with a separate budgetary provision in the state just to help the orchardists and farmers whose crops and fruit produce were hit with any crisis or a natural calamity.

“The scheme was further aimed to empower the orchardists of Kashmir to withstand the stiff market competition in the liberal trade regime in the country.” Mir said one failed to understand why the Horticulture Planning and Marketing Department had suspended the MIS, which was implemented here for the last more than one decade .

He said while it was appreciable that the state’s Chief Secretary had urged the Government of India for the assessment of damages to agriculture and horticulture sectors this time, the administration must use its own resources by implementing the MIS.


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