Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh

Central India: Farmers demand inclusion of garlic and potatoes in Bhawantar scheme

Last Monday, officials of the Indian BKS party demanded the inclusion of potato and garlic crops into the Bhawantar scheme. This scheme guarantees that if the cultivation costs for a crop are higher than the market price, the government will pay the difference to farmers. The officials also warned that if their demands were not met within 10 days, the BKS would stage violent protests.

According to BKS spokesman Bharat Singh Bais, the government had included onions in the Bhawantar scheme but had left out potatoes and garlic, which fall in same category. He said: “The yields of garlic and potato in the district are currently good, but the farmers are still incurring losses as they are not able to recover production costs.”

Freepressjournal.in reported on BKS members handing over the memorandum and demanding the rate of garlic to be fixed at Rs 5000 (62 euros) per 100 kgs and that of potatoes to be fixed at Rs 15 (0.19 euros) per kg after their inclusion in the Bhawantar scheme.

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