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 and marketing 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 huge protests by farmers and allowed the sale of farm produce outdoors government-run mandis.
Now, the Madhya Pradesh authorities plans to develop clinics, petrol pumps, purchasing complexes contained in the mandis with the assistance of personal gamers, NGOs with an apparent intent of producing revenues.
Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel mentioned, “We are going to make mandi a really perfect market. Mandi and MSP (Minimal Assist Worth) each will stay. We’re planning to offer a pleasant surroundings for the farmers so there will probably be a financial institution, petrol pump, retailers 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 enhance. We are going to take the cooperation of the personal sector and NGOs.”
Nevertheless, many mandi board officers say they really feel there is no such thing as a 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 diminished and, farmers are free to promote their crop outdoors the government-run markets, they are saying.
Madhya Pradesh Mandi Board Affiliation president BB Faujdar mentioned, “This plan could also be possible for round 40 A-class mandis, that are greater but 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 an enormous drop of between 50 to 60 per cent prior to now six months. Knowledge additionally exhibits 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 an enormous 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 mentioned, “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 is going to occur in future. They’re making a state of affairs like Bihar. We’re combating but it could not cease. Final year, the income was round Rs 1,200 crore. This time, we are going to earn round Rs 700-800 crore. However from subsequent year, 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 in a position to 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 will probably be closed, the Congress just isn’t satisfied. Occasion spokesperson Bhupendra Gupta mentioned the federal government is attempting to privatise the mandis. “47 mandis have been nearly closed. Farmers usually are not in a position to 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 mentioned.