Purchase Potatoes Directly from Farmers, Co-ops Told

In an attempt to reach out to the farmers facing crop loss due to the recent unseasonal rains and hailstorms, the Akhilesh Yadav government, for the first time, directed state cooperative bodies to purchase potatoes directly from farmers to save them from the distress and committing suicide.

Both state and central governments have committed to cooperative bodies for bearing loss incurred by farmers, if any, while purchasing potatoes.

Uttar Pradesh has suffered huge loss of produce due to inclement weather conditions with incidents of farmers committing suicide across the state. “Potato purchase is happening for the first time in the state. The proposal was sent to Union Ministry of Agriculture and they gave their consent. Soon, we will have the formal approval in writing,” S P Joshi, director of Horticulture and Food Processing told The Indian Express.

The cooperative agencies which have been roped in for the direct purchase of potatoes include Pradeshik Cooperative Federation and UP Agro and National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India.