2 Oct 2019

Operation Greens & Integrated development of Tomato, Onion, and Potato (TOP) value chainQuick read

Source: Ministry of Food Processing Industries

Background 

In the budget speech of Union Budget 2018-19, a new Scheme “Operation Greens” was announced on the line of “Operation Flood”, with an outlay of Rs.500 crore to promote Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs), agri-logistics, processing facilities, and professional management. Accordingly, the Ministry has formulated a scheme for the integrated development of Tomato, Onion, and Potato (TOP) value chain.

Objectives

  • Enhancing value realization of TOP farmers by targeted interventions to strengthen TOP production clusters and their FPOs, and linking/connecting them with the market.
  • Price stabilization for producers and consumers by proper production planning in the TOP clusters and introduction of dual-use varieties.
  • Reduction in post-harvest losses by creation of farm gate infrastructure, development of suitable agro-logistics, creation of appropriate storage capacity linking consumption centers.
  • Increase in food processing capacities and value addition in the TOP value chain with firm linkages with production clusters.
  • Setting up of a market intelligence network to collect and collate real time data on demand and supply and price of TOP crops.

Strategies

The scheme will have a two-pronged strategy of Price stabilization measures (for short term) and Integrated value chain development projects (for long term).

1.Short term Price Stabilisation Measures

  • National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd(NAFED) will be the Nodal Agency to implement price stabilization measures. MoFPI will provide 50% of the subsidy on the following two components:
  • Transportation of Tomato Onion Potato(TOP) Crops from production to storage
  • The hiring of appropriate storage facilities for TOP Crops

2.Long Term Integrated value chain development projects

  • Capacity Building of FPOs & their consortium
  • Quality production
  • Post-harvest processing facilities
  • Agri-Logistics
  • Marketing / Consumption Points
  • Creation and Management of e-platform for demand and supply management of TOP Crops.


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