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Operation Greens (TOP to TOTAL) Scheme

Operation Greens (TOP to TOTAL) Scheme

Context:

The Union Minister of Food Processing Industries has stated that the subsidy under Operation Greens TOP to TOTAL is a big step towards Aatma Nirbhar Bharat.

Operation Greens (TOP to TOTAL) Scheme:

  • The Ministry of Food Processing Industries has extended the Operation Greens Scheme from Tomato, Onion, and Potato (TOP) to all fruits & vegetables (TOTAL) for a period of six months.
  • Objective: To protect the growers of fruits and vegetables from making distress sale due to lockdown and reduce the post-harvest losses.

Eligible Crops:

  • Fruits: Mango, Banana, Guava, Kiwi, Litchi, Mousambi, Orange, Kinnow, Lime, Lemon, Papaya, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Jackfruit, Apple, Aonla, Passion fruit, and Pear;
  • Vegetables: French beans, Bitter Gourd, Brinjal, Capsicum, Carrot, Cauliflower, Chillies (Green), Okra, Cucumber, Peas, Onion, Potato and Tomato.

Eligible Entities:

  • The Food Processors, FPO/FPC, Co-operative Societies, Individual farmers, Licensed Commission Agent, Exporters, State Marketing/Co- operative Federation, Retailers, etc. engaged in processing/ marketing of fruits and vegetables.

The pattern of Assistance:

  • The Ministry will provide subsidy at 50 % of the cost of the following two components, subject to the cost norms:
  • Transportation of eligible crops from surplus production cluster to consumption center; and/or
  • The hiring of appropriate storage facilities for eligible crops (for a maximum period of 3 months).

Operation Greens:

  • It was announced in the budget speech of 2018-19.
  • It is a Central Sector Scheme on the line of “Operation Flood”.
  • Objective: To stabilize the supply of Tomato, Onion, and Potato (TOP) crops and to ensure the availability of TOP crops throughout the country round the year without price volatility.

Source: All India Radio