As an effort to cool the farmers’ agitation, the Madhya Pradesh government has constituted a panel, “MP Agriculture Cost and Marketing Commission”, for providing beneficial pricing and marketing of agricultural produce in the state. The Commission’s tenure would be of two years.
As per the state government orders issued in this connection, an experienced person from the agricultural field would be nominated as Chairman of the Commission. Besides, two persons with experience in the field of agriculture related work and agriculture marketing will be nominated as members. Two agriculture economists would also be nominated in the Commission.
Ex-officio Commissioner of Agriculture Production and Ex-officio Principal Secretary of Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Department will be government representatives in the Commission. Ex-officio Director Krishi Kalyan and Agriculture Development department will be the secretaries in the Commission, the official added.
The Commission will recommend to the state government after cost accounting of Kharif, Rabi and summer crops. It will also study various crops from time to time as per government directives apart from giving suggestions for modernization of agriculture marketing field. Apart from this, the Commission will advise the government as per need on problems related to agriculture cost and other production related problems. Besides, the Commission will also undertake other works entrusted to it by the state government.
In the midst of farmers’ agitation during the second week of this month, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had made the announcement of constituting this Commission to ensure the better pricing of agricultural produce in comparison of the cost. The agitation had turned violent following the killing of five farmers in the police firing at Mandsaur on June 6.