Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,on Monday,asked the state agriculture department to work out a plan for setting up a marketing mechanism to help various agriculture producers’ groups to directly market their produce through value addition.
Badal also asked the Financial Commissioner Development to tie up with the Union Ministry of Food Processing to seek incentives and concessions for these farmer groups directly marketing their products after value addition.
Badal,also said he would personally meet Union Food Processing Minister Subodh Kant Sahay soon for the promotion of these tiny units in the rural sector to make peasantry financially sustainable and economically viable,an official release said.
The chief minister appreciated the agro processing unit at Ramgarh Sikri near Talwara in district Hoshiarpur where a 13-member self-help group was engaged in processing of fruits,vegetables and herbs.
He asked the Agriculture department to immediately release a grant of Rs 77 lakh for the unit as recommended by the team of PAU scientists led by Additional Director Extension Education H S Dhaliwal and Deputy Commissioner Hoshiarpur.
Badal also announced he would personally visit the unit on July 26 to have detailed interaction with the members of the group.
The chief minister also asked the state Horticulture department to tie up with the best seed producing firms in the country to procure sufficient quantity of foundation seed of turmeric as it has a vast scope of bumper harvest,the statement said.
He further asked the agriculture department to generate potential of marketing of Turmeric powder,Mustard Oil and other agro products to government schools for Mid Day Meal Schemes,Jail Department and Cooperative Societies.
Badal asked the state Horticulture department should also explore the possibilities for seeking subsidy already available on the certified seed of Turmeric under the National Horticulture Mission.