MSP hike too little, too late: Farm leaders

The hike in MSP introduced by Centre on kharif season crops Wednesday is too little and too late, farmer union leaders stated.

The federal government raised the minimal assist value of paddy marginally by Rs 72 per quintal to Rs 1,940 for the 2021-22 crop 12 months, whereas the charges of pulses, oilseeds and cereals have been hiked considerably.

Among the many industrial crops, the MSP of cotton was elevated by Rs 211 per quintal to Rs 5,726 for the medium-staple selection and by Rs 200 per quintal to Rs 6,025 for the long-staple selection for the 2021-22 crop 12 months (July-June).

Paddy is the primary kharif crop, the sowing of which has begun with the onset of the Southwest monsoon.

Whereas Prime Minister Narenda Modi tweeted that the hike MSP will increase farmers’ revenue and enhance their dwelling requirements, farm union leaders stated the rise in charges was not based on suggestions by MS Swaminathan Fee (2006) and Ramesh Chand Committee (2015).

“Whereas MSP for paddy has been elevated by 3.8 per cent, that of maize and cotton, that are the choice crops for paddy within the mild of much-needed diversification in Punjab and Haryana, have been hiked by by 1.1 per cent and three.8 per cent (medium staple and three.4% for lengthy staple cotton), respectively. Additionally, asserting the MSP now when sowing of cotton is over in Punjab and Haryana, is of no relevance. Had it been introduced earlier than starting of the cotton sowing within the April, extra farmers might have opted for cotton crop,” stated Jagmohan Singh, normal secretary BKU (Dakuanda).

He stated that the charges introduced by Centre will solely be related if authorities procures all crops on the introduced MSP and the personal gamers provide at par or greater charges.

Jugraj Sigh, a maize farmer from Jalandhar, stated, “Farmers obtained Rs 900 to Rs 1100 per quital for maize in opposition to the MSP of Rs 1,850 introduced by the federal government final 12 months. Now, the MSP for maize has been hiked by a mere Rs 20 per quintal. Why would farmers go for the crop, which has no assured market and likewise has low MSP”.

“We’re involved concerning the depleting floor water of Punjab and wish to diversify the paddy space to different crops however for that assured market is required which the federal government is ignoring,” stated Jagmohan Singh.

BKU Ugrahan Common Secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan stated that the hike in MSP is nothing in comparison with the rise within the costs of diesel, fertilizers, and insecticide within the pasty one 12 months. He stated that final 12 months when the cotton costs crashed to a lot under the MSP, the Cotton Company of India entered the market and after a while, the personal gamers began providing Rs 50 to 100 per quintal above the MSP.

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal too stated the rise within the MSP introduced by the Centre for paddy will not be solely inadequate but additionally a “retrograde step” that may take agriculture backwards as a substitute of doubling farm revenue by 2022. He stated the “marginal enhance” will not be ample to cowl the rise in the price of agricultural inputs like diesel and fertilisers. “The one and a half occasions revenue components must be utilized on the precise price of manufacturing, together with lease and curiosity foregone by farmers on land and equipment,” he stated.

“The cavalier method during which the MSP has been calculated additionally exposes the apathetic perspective of the federal government in direction of farmers. The MSP must be elevated preserving in view the precise price of manufacturing,” Badal added.

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