May 06, 2016
Kisan bazars have been set up in the cities of Uttar Pradesh to provide easy market for farmers where they could sell their products as well as purchase farm equipment. The Government of Uttar Pradesh has set up Kisan bazars on the lines of Agri Marts to facilitate farmers to get their requirements under one roof at subsidised rates.
Kisan Bazars in several districts of Uttar Pradesh
The state government is developing these Bazars in the first phase in six districts including, Lucknow, Jhansi, Saifai, Mainpuri, Kannauj and Kasganj. The Kisan Bazar in Jhansi district of Uttar Pradesh is now ready for its sale-purchase activities. A specialised Mandi Yard is also being set up in Bundelkhand and its construction quality would be verified by a third party to ensure standardisation. The mango pack houses at Rehmankheda (Lucknow) and Saharanpur are being upgraded for export of vegetables and fruit in their respective catchments.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has approved hybrid solar photovoltaic project which would light sabzi mandis (vegetable markets) with solar lights to cope up with the shortage of electricity in the state. Uttar Pradesh government is planning to digitalize the forms of mandis and free transport facilities to milk producers between Ghazipur and Varanasi for the welfare of farmers. Farmers will get all farm products at cheaper rates and will also find an easy market to sell their produce. The bazar will also have cheap guest house facility besides a food court. The Kisan Bazars will also have outlets for handloom and handicrafts products. These bazars will cater to the need of farmers who are looking for an entire package of farm implements, seeds, fertilisers, tractors and veterinary products available from a centralised shopping facility. Facilities like food, entertainment and community activities shall be arranged in Kisan Bazar for consumers and visitors.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav declared the year 2015-16 a “Kisan Varsh” in Uttar Pradesh. During that period, he announced several pro-farmer schemes, including free irrigation, 1,000 one-stop shops of Agri products, Rs 131 crore for certified seeds, Rs 600 crore for farmers’ accident insurance and Rs 778 crore under the National Agriculture Development Scheme.
The Samajwadi Party government has also declared 2016-17 as “Kisan-Varsh”. During this period, the government will try to improve financial health of farmers by ensuring that they get good prices for their products. The government has also launched an Accident Insurance Scheme to extend help to the families who lose their dears ones in farm related accidents. According to Uttar Pradesh budget 2016-17, soon a Kisan Bazar will be set up in Bahraich.
Uttar Hamara believes that Akhilesh’s most significant allocations have come up in the areas that are likely to pose the deepest roots for priority sector.