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Indian potato farmers get subsidy for transport costs

Staff Writer |
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a statement in the Assembly said that his government has decided to provide the subsidy to potato farmers for transportation of their produce to other places for better prices.

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He also said that there has been a higher yield of potatoes this year and the price of the crop has reduced in consequence.

Adityanath said that his government had set a target of procuring 1 lakh metric tonne of potato from farmers, but it has come to the government’s notice that many farmers were still keeping their produce in the cold storage and were not getting a good price as there has been a bumper crop this time.

He further said that following concerns raised over the issue, the state government has decided to give a subsidy of Rs 50 per quintal to farmers for transportation of their produce to other places for better prices up to the limit of 300 km, or 25 per cent of the actual cost of transportation incurred.

Also, it has been decided that potato farmers will be exempted from paying Mandi fee and Mandi cess, he said.

“This would be applicable till December 31, 2017, and we hope that the decision would benefit about 5-6 lakh potato farmers.

“We expect to get an additional burden of about Rs 80 to 100 crore on the exchequer with this decision, including that of exemption from Mandi fees and cess,” said the chief minister.

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