On Monday, India’s federal government announced that farmers and processors can now get the benefit of a 50 percent subsidy on storage and transportation of 18 more fruits and vegetables from surplus production areas to major consumption centres under the existing 'Operation Greens'.
The objective of intervention is to protect the growers of fruits and vegetables from making distress sale due to the lockdown and reduce the post-harvest losses, it said. More fruits and vegetables can be added in future on the basis of recommendation by the Ministry of Agriculture or state government, it added.
Currently, only three commodities -- tomato, onion and potato -- are covered under the scheme, which the Centre had recently said it will expand to all horticultural crops as part of a large financial package to tackle the economic slump resulting from COVID-19 pandemic.
Operation Greens, implemented by the Food Processing Ministry, has been extended from tomato, onion and potato (TOP) crops to other notified horticulture crops for providing subsidy for their storage and transportation from surplus production areas to major consumption centres.