Odisha Reiterates Demand Before Centre For Hike In Paddy MSP To Rs 2930

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to provide benefit to small and nominal farmers of the state, the Odisha government again reiterated its demand before the Centre for the hike in Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy to Rs 2,930.

State Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo, put forth the demand of the State government at a press meet on Friday.

“The Central assistance is not adequate for the farmers of Odisha as they have been bearing the brunt of various natural calamities throughout the year. Therefore, the Central government should increase the MSP of paddy to Rs 2930 per quintal,” Sahoo said.

“The income of farmers depends on paddy production and sale. The Government had procured 70.56 lakh MT paddy in 2019-20 for which Rs 12,087 crore had been transferred to farmers’ bank accounts. In 2020-21, 72.56 lakh MT paddy was procured and Rs 13,514 crore has been transferred to farmers so far. The process for procuring Rabi paddy is underway in the State.” the Minister said.

“As our department has been writing to the Centre on various occasions since a long time putting forth its demand for MSP hike of paddy to Rs 2,930, the Centre should take decision for their interest,” Sahoo said.

It is pertinent to be mentioned here that the Central Cabinet on Wednesday increased the MSP of paddy by Rs 72 per quintal.

Besides, the price of jowar was increased by Rs 118, bajra by Rs 100, ragi by Rs 82, and arhar and urad by Rs 300 per quintal by the Central government.

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