ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Problems in the Farm Price Policy

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The kharif harvest season is about to start in a month. Farmers’ protests reflect that low harvest prices are a recurrent issue during the harvest period. The secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, proclaimed that our farmers have covered the highest ever farm area and expect a record foodgrain production of 150 million tonnes this season. The market arrivals start coming from September/October and end until December. It requires massive efforts from the state and central government to make arrangements for ensuring remunerative prices.

The budget for 2018–19 announced that the minimum support price (MSP) would henceforth be fixed at one and a half times of the production costs for crops based on cost A2 plus family labour. Accordingly, the government announced the MSP, but the actual procurement is not meeting the targets except paddy and wheat. Most of the farmers of pulses, oilseeds, and other crops were not able to gain from the higher MSP.

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