Supporting farmers

Govt should find ways to extend income support

Farmers, Tikri Border

Farmers celebrate after the announcement by the Prime Minister, at Tikri Border, Haryana, on Friday. Photo: PTI

Business Standard Editorial Comment Mumbai
The Union government got the controversial agricultural laws repealed on the first day of the winter session of Parliament. Although this is being seen as a big victory for protesting farmers, they are now pressing for a legally guaranteed minimum support price (MSP). The government declares MSP for 23 crops, but it does not buy all of them. Also, high-growth horticulture output is not covered under the system. The government has assured farmers that the existing MSP system will continue as it will need to procure foodgrains to fulfil its obligations under the National Food Security Act. However, agitating farmers are pressing for wider coverage. This would be difficult for the government to accept, and there are a number of

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First Published: Nov 30 2021 | 11:21 PM IST

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