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BHUBANESWAR: In a belated transfer, the State authorities has accepted the Agriculture division’s proposal to offer 50 per cent (computer) subsidy on electrical energy tariff to practical chilly shops for storage of agricultural and horticultural produce. The chilly storage operators will avail the subsidy for 3 years from 2021-22 to 2023-24.
“After cautious consideration, the federal government has been happy to amend the sample of help supplied for electrical energy tariff subsidy underneath the State Potato Mission. Subsidy on the fee of fifty computer each year shall be supplied to the practical chilly shops for storage of agricultural and horticultural produce,” mentioned a notification of the Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment division.
The Director of Horticulture will guarantee provision of storage facility to cultivators and farmers producer organisations (FPOs). The house owners of chilly shops availing electrical energy tariff subsidy should present their amenities to farmers/FPOs in any other case the subsidy shall be stopped instantly and restoration course of initiated, the notification mentioned.
The much-needed aid to the chilly storage house owners got here after six years of launching of the State Potato Mission in 2015. Although the mission failed, entrepreneurs who constructed storage amenities with the hope of assured revenue from storage of agricultural produce needed to wrestle to pay again their financial institution loans.
The choice to offer subsidy to practical chilly shops was taken after a collection of inter-ministerial conferences of Agriculture, Cooperation, Power and MSME departments and an in depth examine on technical feasibility and financial viability points related to operation of chilly shops.
Underneath the State Potato Mission, a job power had beneficial the federal government for offering energy subsidy for six years to chilly shops arrange earlier than March 2018 to be used of a minimum of 50 computer of their capability with the potato procured from the State. The tariff subsidy proposed underneath the mission was 50 computer for the primary two years, 30 computer for subsequent two years and 20 computer for the next two years. Solely 49 out of 131 chilly shops with capability of two,32,800 tonne are practical in 17 districts. In cooperative sector, out of 18 chilly shops, solely 5 are practical.
- Director of Horticulture will guarantee offering storage facility to farmers
- Chilly retailer operators should present their amenities to farmers, and producer organisations
- 49 out of 131 chilly shops are practical in 17 districts