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Amid Protest Against Farm Bills, Govt Hikes MSP For Rabi Crops

The Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that with this the government has proved that the system of MSP and APMC will not end.

 

New Delhi| For the first time since the agrarian reform bills were introduced in Parliament, the government has made a big announcement in the wake of concerns about the minimum support price (MSP) and flak from the opposition. The central government has announced to increase the minimum support price of rabi crops on Monday. While announcing this in the Lok Sabha, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the government has announced an increase in MSP of wheat, gram, lentils, mustard, barley and safflower. The Agriculture Minister said that with this the government has proved that the system of MSP and APMC will not end.

The Agriculture Minister said, “Even before the Rabi sowing starts, the government has increased the MSP of six Rabi crops. It has been approved in the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) headed by PM Narendra Modi. The MSP of wheat has been decided at Rs 1975 with an increase of Rs 50 per quintal. For Gram, MSP will be 5100 per quintal after an increase of Rs 225. For lentil, MSP will be increased by Rs 300 per quintal making the total MSP Rs 5100 quintal. MSP for Mustard has been increased by Rs 225 and now its MSP is 4600 per quintal. Barley has been increased by Rs 75 and will be procured from farmers at Rs 1600 per quintal. MSP will be Rs 5327 after an increase of Rs 112 in Kusum flower.”

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The Agriculture Minister said that MSP was being given Rs 2950 on lentils in 2013-14, today farmers of the country are getting Rs 5100, which is a 73% increase. Between 2009-14, 1.25 lakh metric tonnes of pulses were procured during the Congress government’s time. He said the NDA government has purchased 76.85 lakh MT of pulses between 2014 and 2019. This is an increase of 4962%. “If we talk about the payment of MSP, then in 6 years, the Modi government has paid 7 lakh crore rupees to farmers, which is double than the UPA government,” Tomar said.

The Agriculture Minister said, “I want to tell the farmers that when our Congress friends were saying that the MSP will be abolished after these bills. APMC will end. I still said that the MSP would continue. Today we have increased the MSP to certify that it will continue. Farmers can sell their produce to anyone outside APMC to get a fair price. ”

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