UP: Centre to procure potatoes through co-ops

Centre has decided to procure potato from the farmers or co-operative societies in Uttar Pradesh directly to eliminate the possibility of middlemen taking advantage of the scheme.

A maximum quantity of 1,00,000 metric tonne (MT) of potato may be procured under the scheme by the State Agency. The purchase will be made at Rs. 4,870/- per MT. The Ministry will provide an additional Rs. 1217.50/- per MT or actual whichever is less for overhead expenses, such as transportation charges, mandi tax, and godown charges, reads a PIB release.

Purchase centres and areas will be decided by the state government in consultation with the state agency.

Payment to farmers as far as possible will be made through non-cash transaction and receipts for sales must be through banking channel only, preferably through Demand Draft.

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