Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday urged the State Agriculture Department to ensure that farmers could sale their food grains to Food Corporation of India (FCI) at prescribed Minimum Support Price (MSP).
Deb said this while speaking at a review meeting of the Stater Agriculture Department.
He said that if this is done, then income of farmers will be increased automatically.
The State Chief Minister said that the authorities of the department must hold discussions with FCI on the procurement of food grains produced by the local farmers, adding that rice or pulses produced in the State could be distributed in the State through PDS.
Deb also requested the officials of the Agriculture Department to ensure potato procured in the State be kept in cold storages so that farmers can get proper price.
He also stressed on the need to keep tomato in the State’s cold storage.
He said in order to maximize production of crops, farmlands should be brought into the irrigation facilities and Agriculture and Water Resource Departments must work together.
The review meeting, was attended by Agriculture Minister Pranajit Singha Roy, Chief Secretary Sanjeev Ranjan and Director of Agriculture Dr DP Sarkar besides other officials.
The Chief Minister also said that his government wants to establish as many as 36 Krishak Bandhu Kendras to assist the farmers for proper cropping.