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BJD leaders demand increase in MSP for paddy

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJD and Chief Minister Tuesday attended a sit-in of his party here, demanding increase in minimum support price for paddy and slamming the for not keeping its promises.

He charged that despite repeated requests to the Centre to raise the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy to Rs 2,930 per quintal, they were ignored.

Later, a delegation, led by Patnaik, met Ram Nath Kovind, urging him to take immediate steps to declare paddy MSP at Rs 2,930 per quintal to safeguard the interests of farmers in

"The BJP came to power with assurance of increasing the minimum support price of as per the Swaminathan formula. I have gone to the Centre many times with this demand, but it has been ignored. It was promised by the BJP in 2014, but they have forgotten their promise after coming to power," he said.

Patnaik said his government has announced a progressive agricultural programme called 'KALIA' that will cost Rs 10,000 crore over three years, further irrigation of 10 lakh hectares of farmland was also nearing completion.

"We make the promises and keep them," he asserted.

The sit-in was attended by the Biju Janta Dal (BJD) MPs, MLAs and other leaders and workers from the state at here.

The state assembly in an unanimous resolution has requested the to fix the MSP of paddy at Rs 2,930 per quintal.

The said the demand to increase paddy MSP was raised by party MPs and MLAs at various platforms but it had been ignored.

Speaking on the occasion, BJD leaders slammed the saying it only offered "jumlas" to people instead of taking concrete steps for their welfare.

They said the MSP of paddy fixed by the central government at Rs 1,750 per quintal for the current Kharif marketing season was "unacceptable" to the farmers of Odisha.

The price has been fixed without giving due consideration to the request from the as it was not commensurate with the rising cost of inputs like seeds, fertilizers, manure, micro-nutrients, irrigation charges and hiring cost for farm machines, they said.

Odisha is an agricultural state and paddy is the major crop of the state which is cultivated over an area of 40 lakh hectares in a year.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 21:00 IST