AgriNation News Network
Patna. 15 March 2018
With a view to economically strengthen vegetable farmers and ensuring them fair price of their produce, the Bihar government has started constituting three-tier vegetable cooperative society in the state. Bihar government has started working on formation of vegetable cooperative society at block levels to economically strengthen farmers by ensuring fair price to them, cooperative minister Rana Randhir said.
“In the first phase, out of 97 blocks of five districts – Patna, Nalanda, Vaishali, Samastipur and Begusarai – the government has constituted vegetable cooperative societies in 83 blocks,” he said, adding that such societies will be set up across the state in future at block level.
The minister said this in the Assembly while replying to a debate on his department’s budgetary allocation of Rs 806.50 crore for 2018-19. Bihar, currently, ranked third in vegetable production in the country, the minister said the government is committed to make Bihar a number one vegetable producing state.
The government is committed to provide fair price to farmers of their produce, the minister said, adding that in most of the districts, farmers are selling their paddy at MSP price of around Rs 1,550 per quintal, which is certainly an achievement for the government.