At a time when the governments on the centre and Madhya Pradesh have been espousing the advantages of the brand new farm legal guidelines and assuring that wholesale agriculture markets, or mandis, will stay open, the state agricultural advertising board has been an enormous loss and an unsure future.
The board suffered a dip in income from Rs 88 crore in January 2020 to Rs 29.26 crore in January 2021 – a dip of over 66 per cent.
This comes after the centre handed the Farmers’ Produce Commerce and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020 – one of many three new agricultural legal guidelines which have triggered large protests by farmers and allowed the sale of farm produce exterior government-run mandis.
Now, the Madhya Pradesh authorities plans to develop clinics, petrol pumps, buying complexes contained in the mandis with the assistance of personal gamers, NGOs with an apparent intent of producing revenues.
Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel stated, “We are going to make mandi a really perfect market. Mandi and MSP (Minimal Assist Worth) each will stay. We’re planning to supply a pleasant atmosphere for the farmers so there shall be a financial institution, petrol pump, outlets for fertiliser seeds. Grocery gadgets, like the military canteen the place they will buy issues at a lot decrease charges. We are going to give sensible playing cards to farmers, the revenue of mandis may even improve. We are going to take the cooperation of the personal sector and NGOs.”
Nonetheless, many mandi board officers say they really feel there isn’t any likelihood of a revival of the markets within the state. There are 259 such mandis and 298 sub-mandis in Madhya Pradesh. The tax on the sale of produce in agriculture markets has been lowered and, farmers are free to promote their crop exterior the government-run markets, they are saying.
Madhya Pradesh Mandi Board Affiliation president BB Faujdar stated, “This plan could also be possible for round 40 A-class mandis, that are greater however not for smaller mandis. It is clear that with out income, they are going to shut small mandis within the state.”
All mandis witnessed a drop in farmers coming in – various from 4 per cent in Indore to 71 per cent in Rewa. Out of 259 mandis within the state, 47 reported zero enterprise in October whereas 143 have recorded a large drop of between 50 to 60 per cent up to now six months. Knowledge additionally reveals that 298 sub-mandis of the state, which run seasonally, have recorded zero enterprise within the final six months and are on the verge of closure.
There are 6,500 workers employed in these mandis and round 2,500 pensioners dependant on the mandi board. They’ve 45,000 registered merchants. The mandi board takes 1.5 per cent tax from these merchants, pay 0.5 per cent to the federal government and 1 per cent is used for the wage and pension of board workers.
In October, mandi board officers, porters and merchants held a large protest and tried to picket the Vallabh Bhawan in opposition to the state Mannequin Mandi Act.
With the dip in income and leasing plan of the federal government, workers are apprehensive. Madhya Pradesh Mandi Board Affiliation president BB Faujdar stated, “Madhya Pradesh was the primary state within the nation the place the mandi board workers, merchants, porters opposed the brand new legal guidelines… We all know what the situation is and what’s going to occur in future. They’re making a scenario like Bihar. We’re preventing however it could not cease. Final 12 months, the income was round Rs 1,200 crore. This time, we are going to earn round Rs 700-800 crore. However from subsequent 12 months, the earnings will dip additional. We’re giving grants to 50-60 mandis throughout the state for the previous few months as they weren’t capable of pay the wage. It is clear that the federal government intends to shut the mandis.”
Although Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan maintained mandis will stay operational and no mandi shall be closed, the Congress isn’t satisfied. Social gathering spokesperson Bhupendra Gupta stated the federal government is attempting to privatise the mandis. “47 mandis have been nearly closed. Farmers should not capable of promote their produce in these mandis. Nonetheless, the federal government is speaking about opening a mall, as a result of they’re eyeing the land. BJP ought to cease dishonest farmers,” he stated.