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Price Stabilization Fund

Price Stabilization Fund

The Department of Agriculture & Cooperation has approved the establishment of the Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF) as a Central Sector Scheme, with a budget of Rs. 500 crores.


During the fiscal years of 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17, authorities implemented measures to intervene in the market with the aim of controlling prices of perishable agri-horticultural commodities.


  • Encourage direct purchasing from farmers or farmers associations at the farm gate or Mandi.
  • Establish a strategic buffer stock to deter hoarding and speculative practices.
  • Safeguard consumers by supplying essential commodities at fair prices through controlled release of stock.


  • The Price Stabilization Fund (PSF) will extend interest-free loans to State Governments/Union Territories and Central agencies to support their working capital and procurement expenses for commodities.
  • Initially, the fund will focus on onion and potato interventions.
  • The first-time advance to States/UTs, along with matching funds from them, will establish a revolving fund. This fund will cater to future market interventions for controlling onion and potato prices, subject to approval by State-level Committees.
  • In the case of North Eastern States, the State-level corpus will comprise 75% funds from the Centre and 25% from the State.
  • While the advance is repayable, the Central Government will share 50% of losses (75% for NE states) upon settlement of the advance by March 31, 2017.
  • Any profits, if generated, will also be distributed in the same proportion.
  • States can enlist Central Agencies to conduct operations on their behalf, funded from the State corpus.
  • The Centre may also request Central Agencies like SFAC, NAFED, etc., to undertake price control operations for onion and potato.

Fund management

  • The Price Stabilization Fund (PSF) Management Committee (PSFMC) will oversee the Price Stabilization Fund (PSF) and centrally manage and approve proposals from both State Governments and Central Agencies.
  • SFAC (Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium) will serve as the Fund Manager, responsible for maintaining the PSF in a Central Corpus Fund account.
  • Commodities under the PSF will be sourced directly from farmers or farmers organizations at the farm gate or mandi.
  • These commodities will then be made available to consumers at a more reasonable price, contributing to stabilizing market prices.

Read also: Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS)

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