Distributive policy

New opium policy should aim to maximize farmers’ profits

Mandsaur (Madhya Pradesh): Minister of State, Ministry of Finance, Pankaj Choudhary chaired a high level meeting at Ministry of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, North Block, New Delhi regarding the Opium Policy Year 2022-23. Regional MP Sudhir Gupta delivered a 26-point letter of demands and outlined ways to provide maximum benefits to opium growers in the new opium policy.

The policy states that farmers who grew the crop last year and offered an average yield of at least 5.9 kg of morphine content per hectare will be eligible for an opium license.

During the meeting, the MP said that the 5.9kg morphine policy should be abolished in the 2022-2023 opium policy. The morphine-based opium policy for licensing cultivators worries opium growers in the state, who fear that the number of licenses issued will decrease with the new policy in place. An announcement of the opium policy should be made by the end of the second week of September and the distribution of licenses should be made by the last week of September.

He added that opium prices are relatively low and farmers cannot even recoup the money they have invested in the crop. Tariff commission is expected to raise crop prices. The planned industrial unit and factory should be quickly built for the storage of poppy husks grown using the CPS method.

During it, MP for Chittorgarh CP Joshi, Arun Kumar, Assistant Secretary for Revenue Vivek Agarwal, Assistant Secretary for Revenue Ritvik Ranjan Pandey, Marcotics Commissioner Rajesh Dhabre and other concerned officers also marked their attendance. in the meeting.

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