The government on Monday formed a committee on Minimum Support Price (MSP), eight months after it promised to set up such a panel while withdrawing the three contentious farm laws.
As many as 60 farm bodies are scheduled to take part in the meeting of the umbrella organisation of various farmers' organisations.
Ramesh Chand, a member of the government think tank Niti Aayog, stated on Wednesday that the minimum support price for agricultural crops should continue as long as markets become competitive and efficient, but it should be provided by methods other than procurement.
Chand batted for deferred deficiency price payments (DPP) as an alternative to the existing procurement based MSP structure.
Speaking at a Jat community programme here, Malik said he will also join the movement once he completes his term as Meghalaya governor.
The rainfall during the current monsoon season is likely to be 103 percent of the long-period average, which would then mark the fourth consecutive year of India experiencing a normal monsoon season, according to the India Meteorological Department's second long-range forecast.
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The issue of 5G spectrum pricing was not taken up in the cabinet meeting today, Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said.
This comes in the backdrop of wheat production estimated for 2022-23 now falling to 105 million tonnes, from the earlier 113.5 million tonnes estimated.
Government plans to push wheat exports, even as domestic prices reach decadal highs, raising retail prices of Atta as well.
The sudden fall in wheat yields due to the heatwave across North India, and continuing bulk purchases by traders eyeing exports, have led to government procurement slowing down. If the situation persists, restrictions could become inevitable soon, say officials.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday approved the MSP for raw jute for the 2022-23 season.
While the Budget 2022 lined up steps that will increase the farmers’ income 'substantially', there was no clarity about the desired income level which would have proved that the incomes did actually double
Budget 2022 | The announcement of "over Rs 2.25 lakh crore MSP (minimum support price)" is aimed at benefitting the farmers as the amount "will be directly transferred" to them, the prime minister said.
The government had promised to double farmers’ income by 2022. However, it finds no mention in the survey. It exhorts farmers to focus more on allied activities, like animal husbandry and fishing, than on crop cultivation to boost income. While this is good advice, it is neither new nor path-breaking.
There is no data after AY2018-19 on average income of farming households and the pandemic has probably worsened last-mile delivery of several schemes the Centre has over the years said it would augment income of farmers
Akhilesh Yadav also said that cases lodged against farmers during their agitation against the now-repealed farm laws would be withdrawn, and the families of farmers who died during the protest would be given Rs 25 lakh each.
Interacting with villagers, the MP, who was on a two-day tour of the Baheri Assembly constituency in Bareilly (a part of the Pilibhit Lok Sabha segment), said barring him, no other MLA or MP from the ruling party has the courage to raise the issue of increasing the MSP for sugarcane.
The national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) continued his attack on the Centre as he returned home after 383 days of protest at Ghazipur on Delhi’s border.
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday said, "the subject of compensation, etc. to the families of the deceased farmers in the farmers movement is with the concerned state governments”.
Experience so far shows guaranteeing an MSP causes havoc on the ground. The solution to making farming viable lies elsewhere
A majority of farm households are not aware of MSP and government procurement of foodgrain and other crops.
Throughout the protests, interests of those farmers who are not wealthy, and do not own vast tracts of land were missing. With the U-turn, Modi has condemned them to another quarter century of economic subjugation
The announcement to repeal the farm laws 2020 on the ground that the Centre could not convince a section of farmers clearly indicates that reforms are hard for any government, but no reforms will be fatal for agriculture
What the Centre had planned would, in the aggregate, raise farm incomes substantially and enable India to move up from being a low middle income country. The crucial mistake the Centre made was not to spend enough time with farmers explaining the whole new system and securing their support