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Allocation for Ministry of Food Processing has been doubled
New Delhi. Addressing a Press Conference here today on Budget allocations for the Ministry, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that in the Budget 2018-19, the Government has moved forward towards achieving the goal of doubling the income of farmers by 2022 and has charted a road map for arresting price volatility of TOP (Tomato, Onion and Potato) in the country. Allocation for the Ministry has been doubled in the current Budget 2018-19 to Rs. 1400 crore, the Minister added.
Lauding the vision of the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister for the initiative ‘Operation Greens’, the Minister said, “the poor and the middle class have been bearing the brunt of price volatility of Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) for decades together. Under Operations Greens we shall be creating a sustainable road map to ensure that Tomato Onion Potato (TOP) are available in every nook and corner of the country round the year without any price volatility.” A sum of Rs. 500 crore has been earmarked for this purpose in the Budget 2018, the Minister said.
The Minister informed that the Government is looking at compressing the supply chains and creating appropriate climate infrastructure for natural preservation of Tomato Onion Potato (TOP) and promoting Farmers Producers Organizations, Agri Logistics Processing facilities, and professional management. (Updated on February 13th, 2018)