Bhubaneswar: Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Saturday bluntly turned down any hike in the minimum support prices (MSPs) of paddy or other crops during his Odisha visit.
“Hike in the MSP of crops cannot be a means to increase the income of farmers. Hike of the MSPs cannot be State or area-specific. The move cannot be a solution to increase income of farmers as input costs are also going up proportionately every year,” Shekhawat said attending a TV channel talk here.
He further said that by hiking the MSPs of crops, Indian produce would find no takers in the international market and the farmers’ produce would remain unsold.
The Union Minister said that reducing the input costs can be a way to lessen financial burden on farmers. “Apart from this, income of farmers can be increased by providing
MSP hike can’t be State-specific: Shekhawat right quality seed and input subsidies. Besides, the soil should be regularly tested.”
It might be mentioned that though the Odisha Government and different organisations have been repeatedly demanding for a hike in the paddy MSP to increase the income of farmers, the Union Government has been rejecting the proposals.