Indian Prime Minister: farmers are our TOP priority

This week Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that farmers producing fruits and vegetables are his government’s 'TOP' priority. He added: “TOP means Tomato, Onion & Potato. We have launched 'Operation Greens' in the interest of these farmers. ‘Operation Greens' is there for the benefit of farmers, just like the Amul model was successful in dairy.”

What is Operation Greens? The idea behind Operation Greens is to double the income of farmers by end of 2022. It is essentially a price fixation scheme that aims to ensure farmers are given the right price for their produce.

While presenting the 2018-19 Union Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed to launch Operation Greens. The Indian Express explains: The operation aims to promote farmer producers organisations, agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management. The operation should also help control and limit the erratic fluctuations in the prices of onions, potatoes and tomatoes.

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