every year tomato The producers have to bear huge losses due to the wide fluctuations in the prices of pulses. In such a situation, farmers in many states are forced to throw tomatoes on the side of the road, because market price Due to their low cost, they are not able to get even the cost. But now there is nothing to worry about the farmers. Andhra Pradesh government is going to start ‘Operation Greens’ to solve this problem. For this, it has enlisted the services of Lawrencedale Agro Processing India (LEAF), which will enable millions of tomato farmers to get remunerative prices.
According to media reports, the main objective of this initiative of the Andhra Pradesh government is to create an integrated tomato value chain in the tomato growing areas of Chittoor, Anantapur and YSR Cuddapah. It will involve various stakeholders and cover the entire chain from the manufacturing sector to the point of consumption. Notably, as part of this project, Andhra Pradesh Food Processing Society (APFPS) will collaborate with LEAF to develop a value chain.
Marketing and food processing will greatly help farmers
At the same time, the National Agricultural Corporation Marketing Federation Limited (NAFED) will work as a coordinating organization for the implementation of price stability measures. Experts say that the agreement with LEAF will be important in bringing value to farmers in Andhra Pradesh. LEAF and APFPS will collaborate with NGO APMAS to promote Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs). Agriculture Minister Kakani Govardhan Reddy said that cooperation, marketing and food processing in Andhra Pradesh will help farmers a lot.
Operation Greens aims to provide forecast to marginal farmers
The three organizations will also help farmers reduce post-harvest losses, expand processing capabilities and improve marketing links and intelligence, he added. At the same time, LEAF said in a statement on Thursday that APFPS will facilitate access to scheme funding from state and central governments, as well as help meet eligibility criteria and provide guarantees. Palat Vijayaraghavan, founder and CEO of Lawrencedale Agro Processing India, said Operation Greens aims to provide predictability to marginal farmers.
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