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Centre’s MSP hike ‘hoax’, not enough to recover cost for farmers: Congress

The Congress on Thursday termed the Centre’s decision to increase the minimum support price (MSP) for kharif crops as a “hoax” and claimed the hike was not enough for farmers to recover the cost of production.

The party also claimed that the average increase in MSP is only 3.7 per cent while the rate of inflation is 6.2 per cent and input cost and diesel prices have increased by about 20 per cent.

On Wednesday, the government marginally increased the MSP of paddy to Rs 1,940 per quintal from Rs 72 per quintal for the 2021-22 crop year (July-June), while rates for pulses, oilseeds and cereals were hiked significantly.

Among commercial crops, the MSP of cotton was raised by Rs 211 per quintal to Rs 5,726 for the medium prime variety, and by Rs 200 per quintal for the long-headed variety of cotton to Rs 6,025 for the 2021-22 crop year (July). was given. -June).

Congress General Secretary and Chief Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the anti-farmer face of the BJP government has once again come to the fore as farmers have been deprived of even the price of their crops, let alone the promise of giving 50 percent profit on it. . .

“When will the BJP’s brutal attack on Annadata stop? The Modi government has once again shown its true anti-farmer face and cruelty towards farmers by fixing the prices of Kharif crops,” he said in a statement.

He said that even during the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers are trying to revive the country’s “sinking” economy by producing record quantities of food grains with their hard work.

Despite this, the oppressive Modi government is constantly attacking the agriculture sector and fixing the anti-farmer MSP for Kharif crops is also part of this conspiracy.

Surjewala said that while the inflation rate is 6.2 per cent, the average increase in the MSP of Kharif crops is just 3.7 per cent.

“How will the farmer recover the cost of the crop? How will the farmer earn his livelihood and how will he survive?” He asked.

The Congress leader claimed that agriculture input rates and diesel prices have increased by about 20 per cent.

He further alleged that the prices of fertilizers and pesticides have increased by almost 100 per cent in the seven years of the Modi government and this has increased the cost of cultivation of farmers by Rs 20,000 per hectare.

Surjewala asked the government when it would fulfill its promise of providing “cost plus 50 per cent profit” to farmers.

He said, “If this is not cheating, treachery with the farmer, then what is it?”

Surjewala said, “Modi government believes less in actual action and more in making newspaper headlines. The fact is that as part of a well-planned conspiracy, the Modi government is cutting the purchase of crops at MSP so that gradually the MSP Be yours. Finish.”

He said the time has now come for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fulfill his promise of providing “cost and 50 per cent profit” to farmers.

The Congress leader said, otherwise the day is not far when ‘Annadata’ will overthrow this BJP government with the strength of his vote.

(Only the title and image in this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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