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Kottayam: Kerala government has decided to fix a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for five more crops in the state. Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices had recommended to set MSPs for the crops- yam, pumpkin, brinjal, bottle gourd and watermelon. The department of agriculture has approved the recommendations in principle. After fixing the Minimum Support Price, the suggestions will be forwarded for the recognition of the Finance department.
The state declared MSP for fruits and vegetables in 2020. Currently, the vegetables with MSP are- tapioca, banana, pineapple, ash gourd, cucumber, bitter gourd, snake gourd, long beans, tomato, ladies finger, cabbage, carrot, potato, beans, beetroot and garlic. The MSP is fixed by considering the productivity of the crop in one hectare.
The crops are procured through markets set up by local governing bodies, Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam (VFPCK), Horticorp, eco-shops and wholesale markets. The farmers have to register in the AIMS (Agriculture Information Management System) portal by uploading information regarding the crops, including the area of cropping, details of sowing, expected harvest and time of harvest.