Tribune press service
New Delhi, September 13
Land registers have been integrated into the Centre’s electronic portal by most states except three, the government said on Monday, adding that purchases during the Kharif 2021-22 marketing season will be made in accordance with the new. mechanism.
Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said today that most of the purchasing states except Assam, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir are ready and have incorporated records digital land with the nodal supply agency Food Corporation of India (FCI).
“Most states, including Punjab, are very ready,” he said, adding that every state wants farmers to benefit from the procurement process.
Cross-checking land records prior to purchase will ensure that the MSP reaches farmers and not traders, Pandey said, saying the new mechanism is in the best interests of farmers. He also said that the crop grown by farmers, whether on their own land or on rented properties, will be purchased by the government.
“It is not necessary for the farmers to own the land, if they have cultivated a land, the crop will be bought,” he said.
The main objective is to know how many crops have been grown in which region and consequently to obtain and which the government sources from real farmers and not from traders, he added.
Farmers will not have to provide physical proof of land records when registering.
Some states like Uttar Pradesh and Odisha had already integrated their land registers.
Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal, who was also present during the interaction, said the government’s intention is to ensure that real farmers benefit from the MSP, which has “increased dramatically over the past five years” .
Regarding the farmers’ objection to Rs 40 an increase of one quintal of MSP for wheat, he said the government was committed to giving farmers a return on the cost of 50% and in these terms, the wheat , rapeseed and mustard obtained “a 100% return on the cost”.
Rs 491 cr released in Punjab, Haryana and UP for stubble burning problem
Meanwhile, around 491 crore rupees were released in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh ahead of the harvest of Kharif crops to tackle the stubble burning problem, the agriculture secretary said. Sanjay Agarwal, adding that a meeting with representatives of the governments of Punjab and Haryana will be held soon. in this regard.
Agarwal said states have also been urged to allow gram sabhas to open personalized recruitment centers so that smallholder farmers can have access to machinery and equipment used in crop residue management.
Harvesting of paddy, the main Kharif crop, will start from October and stubble burning remains a major cause of air pollution in the northern plains in the weeks to come.
In FY2021-22, the Center released Rs 491 crore to Punjab, Haryana and UP to tackle the thatch problem, including Rs 235 crore for Punjab, 141 crores of Rs for Haryana and Rs 115 crore for Uttar Pradesh, he said. .
Over the past four years, Rs 1,050.68 crore has been released in Punjab, Rs 640.9 crore in Haryana, Rs 489.08 crore in UP and Rs 4.52 crore in Delhi for the management of crop residues. So far, around 21,125 personalized recruiting centers have been opened in Punjab and 4,224 centers in Haryana, he also said.