Kerala

Coconut procurement scheme fails to deliver

: Even as the State budget has earmarked Rs.100 crore for coconut procurement to help farmers overcome the slump in market, there have been complaints that the scheme has failed to achieve desired results, forcing the cultivators to dispose of their produce at low price in the open market.

Although the new LDF government has revised the procurement price to Rs. 27, by raising it by Rs. 2 a kg, the farmers face a difficult situation as they can sell their produce only to the Kerala Kerakarshaka Sahakarana Federation (KERAFED) through select Krishi Bhavans, by travelling long distances to sell their produce.

Sales limited

However, the situation has worsened as barely 10 farmers are permitted to sell coconuts up to four quintals, that too two days a week.

Besides, the farmers’ next produce comes only after a six-month interval, forcing large-scale coconut growers to dispose of their produce at Rs.15 a kg in the open market, thereby depriving them of the fruits of the new procurement scheme, said M. Ranjith Nambiar, president of ‘Orala Nalikera Ulpadaka Sangam’ in the hilly pocket of Kottodi in Kallar village.

Memorandum sent

The anomaly can be rectified if the authorities make use of the vast network of the co-operative marketing societies to procure the produce instead of relying on Krishi Bhavans on select days, so that the farmers pocket the procurement price as announced in the budget, Mr. Nambiar said in a memorandum sent recently to Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar and Left Democratic Front convener Vaikom Viswan.

In a similar memorandum, the issue would soon be drawn to the attention of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, he added.





Authorities should make use of coop. marketing societies to procure the produce, says memorandum



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