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'MSP hike, adoption of model APMC Act to help double farmers' income'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

MSP hike for crops and adoption of APMC Act by states would help in doubling farmers' income by 2022, Aayog member Ramesh said.

These actions, including fostering competitive markets, are in line with the government's target of doubling farmers' income in five years.

"I am confident that if states adopt the measures which have been suggested by the government then we will be in a position of achieve this target at the national level," told in an interview.

He said the growth in agriculture sector is close to 5 per cent which is reasonable to achieve the target.

said the Centre has also included better price realisation by farmers as one of the components in the roadmap to achieve the target.

He however noted this cannot be done only through hike in MSP.

"That is why we are emphasising on adoption of (APMC) Act by states. Even competitive markets are important for transmitting benefits of higher MSP to farmers," Chand stressed.

Recently, said the government, through an extensive and balanced policy, is aiming to provide inputs like quality seeds, fertilisers, water and as well as markets for increasing farmers' income.

He noted that the target can be achieved by cutting input cost, providing fair price for the crop, preventing post-harvest losses and creating alternate sources of income.

Last month, the government hiked the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy by a record Rs 200 per quintal that will cost the exchequer over Rs 15,000 crore.

The previous highest hike in paddy MSP was Rs 170 a quintal in the 2012-13 crop year. In the last four years, the NDA government has raised the paddy MSP between Rs 50-80 per quintal.

While NDA had promised in 2014 to give farmers a price of 1.5 times of cost, an announcement to give effect to this was made in the Budget 2018-19.

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

First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 12:45 IST
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