Reviewed by Oct 05, 2020| Updated on
Price Stabilisation Fund is any fund created to absorb extreme volatility in selected commodity prices. The sum in the fund is usually used for activities aimed at bringing down/up the high/low prices say, for example, acquisition of certain goods and distribution of the same as and when appropriate so that costs remain within a range.
In 2014-15, the Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF) was established under the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW) to regulate the cost volatility of essential agricultural commodities, such as onion, potatoes and pulses.
Such goods will be procured directly from farmers or farmers' organisations at the farm gate/mandi, and made available to consumers at a more affordable price. Losses sustained, if any, between the Centre and the states must be shared in the operations.
The PSF scheme provides for the advancement of interest-free loans to State Governments/Union Territories (UTs) and Central Agencies to finance their working capital and other expenses, which they may incur in the procurement and distribution of such commodities.
Consequently, the actual use of the fund depends on the willingness of the governments of the state/union territories to use such loans for these purposes.
Furthermore, the actual identification of the time in which assistance is needed and the implementation of the price support measures are left to the states.
The Price Stabilisation Fund will be centrally managed by a Price Stabilisation Fund Management Committee (PSFMC) that will approve all State Government's and Central Agencies' proposals.
Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC), a society promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture for linking agriculture to private enterprises, investment, and technology, will maintain the PSF as a central corpus fund. SFAC will assume the role of the Fund Manager.