April 21, 2018
Agricultural Marketing Dept: Schemes for storage & transportation of harvest
The Trinamool Congress Government has two schemes for the storage and transportation of harvest – Amar Fasal Amar Gola and Amar Fasal Amar Gari, respectively.
Amar Fasal Amar Gola
Amar Fasal Amar Gola (‘gola’ meaning ‘silo’) was adopted to minimise the post-harvest losses of vegetables and fruits due to the lack of proper storage facilities. Under this scheme, financial assistance is provided to deserving farmers to construct both superior quality traditional structures as well as modern storage structures.
Rs 5,000 is provided for traditional storage structures, Rs 17,329 for permanent, sturdy storage structures and Rs 32,389 for storage structures for onions. From the current financial year, the government will start distributing portable polythene silos (‘dhan gola’) and drying platforms for cereals (‘chatal’).
Amar Fasal Amar Gari
Amar Fasal Amar Gari was initiated to ensure hassle-free transportation of agricultural produce to minimise post-harvest loss. This scheme too is implemented through the granting of financial assistance. A sum of Rs 10,000 is given for buying rickshaw vans. The financial assistance is credited to either the bank account or the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) account of the beneficiary.
These two schemes have been able to solve two major problems that farmers had been having. Every year, the money allocated for these schemes are being increased to gradually cover the whole of the state.