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Cabinet approves hike in MSP for all kharif crops of 2019-20 season

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MSP of Paddy increased by Rs 65 per Quintal, Jowar by Rs 120 per Quintal and Ragi by Rs 253 per Quintal

Giving a major boost to the farmers' income, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for all kharif crops for 2019-20 season.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The move will lead to increased investment and production through assured remunerative prices to the farmers. For the kharif crops of 2019-20, Government has increased the MSPs of soyabean by Rs 311 per quintal, sunflower by Rs 262 per quintal and sesamum by Rs 236 per quintal which is a major step towards increasing the income of farmers.

Government has increased the MSPs of tur dal by Rs 125 per quintal and uraddal by Rs 100 per quintal. This will help address the issues related to requirement of pulses in view of the need to meet the nutritional security and protein requirements of a large section of population.

The MSP of Jowar has been hiked by Rs 120 per Quintal while in case of Ragi it has been hiked by Rs 253 per quintal. The Move comes in the backdrop of the need to promote cultivation and consumption of nutri-cereals. Besides, India celebrated 2018 as the National Year of Millets and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Council has approved India's proposal to observe an International Year of Millets in 2023.

For cotton (medium staple) and cotton (long staple), the MSP has been increased by Rs. 105 per quintal and Rs. 100 per quintal respectively. The highest percentage return to farmers over their cost of production is for Bajra (85%) followed by urad (64%) and tur (60%).

In the case of cereals including nutri-cereals, Food Corporation of India (FCI) and other designated State Agencies would continue to provide price support to the farmers. NAFED, SFAC and other designated Central agencies would continue to undertake procurement of pulses and oilseeds. CCI will be the central nodal agency for undertaking price support operations for Cotton. NAFED would supplement efforts of CCI for cotton procurement. The losses, if any, incurred by the nodal agencies in such operations will be fully reimbursed by the government.

With the intention of giving enough policy thrust to income security of the farmers, Government's focus has shifted from production-centric approach to income-centric one. Enhancing the coverage of Pradhan Mantri KisanSamman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) to all farmers in its first Union Cabinet meeting on 31st May 2019, is another major step in boosting the income of the farmers. The PM-KISAN yojana was announced in the interim Budget for the year 2019-2020, where the small and marginal landholder farmer families with cultivable land holding upto 2 hectare across the country were assured of Rs 6000 per year.

The new Umbrella Scheme "Pradhan Mantri AnnadataAaySanrakshan Abhiyan' (PM-AASHA) announced by the government in 2018 will aid in providing remunerative return to farmers for their produce. The Umbrella Scheme consists of three sub-schemes i.e. Price Support Scheme (PSS), Price Deficiency Payment Scheme (PDPS) and Private Procurement & Stockist Scheme (PPSS) on a pilot basis.

The increase in MSP for Kharif Crops for 2019-20 season is in line with the principle of fixing the MSPs at a level of atleast 1.5 times of the all India weighted average Cost of production (CoP), which was announced in the last budget 2018-19.

This MSP policy whereby the farmers are assured of a minimum of 50 percent as margin of profit is one of the important and progressive steps towards doubling farmers' income by 2022 and improving their welfare substantively.

The MSP mechanism provides a price guarantee to the farmers for their produce. This is implemented across the country as nearly 86% farmers are in small and marginal category (Agriculture Census 2015-16), the system ensures equity. It also helps in stabilizing prices in the market and thus services the consumers as well.

Minimum Support Prices for kharif crops of 2019-20 season

Crop

MSP 2018-19

MSP 2019-20

Cost of production 2019-20 (Rs/quntl.)

Increase Absolute

Return over cost (in %)

Paddy (Common)

1750

1815

1208

65

50

Paddy (Grade A)^

1770

1835

-

65

-

Jowar (Hybrid)

2430

2550

1698

120

50

Jowar (Maldandi)^

2450

2570

-

120

-

Bajra

1950

2000

1083

50

85

Ragi

2897

3150

2100

253

50

Maize

1700

1760

1171

60

50

Tur (Arhar)

5675

5800

3636

125

60

Moong

6975

7050

4699

75

50

Urad

5600

5700

3477

100

64

Groundnut

4890

5090

3394

200

50

Sunflower Seed

5388

5650

3767

262

50

Soyabean (yellow)

3399

3710

2473

311

50

Sesamum

6249

6485

4322

236

50

Nigerseed

5877

5940

3960

63

50

Cotton (Medium Staple)

5150

5255

3501

105

50

Cotton (Long Staple)^

5450

5550

-

100

-

*Includes all paid out costs such as those incurred on account of hired human labour, bullock labour/machine labour, rent paid for leased in land, expenses incurred on use of material inputs like seeds, fertilizers, manures, irrigation charges, depreciation on implements and farm buildings, interest on working capital, diesel/'electricity for operation of pump sets etc. miscellaneous expenses and imputed value of family labour.

^Cost data are not separately compiled for Paddy(Grade A), Jowar (Maldandi), Cotton (Long staple)

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First Published: Wed, July 03 2019. 17:12 IST
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