Based on all relevant factors, the MSP for Delhi for wheat and paddy crops has been decided after considering the higher production cost in the national capital as compared to other states, officials said.
Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh was responding to questions on the recommendations of the National Commission on Farmers headed by Dr M S Swaminathan and related subjects, asked by Balabhadra Majhi of the BJD and Dinesh Trivedi of the Trinamool Congress.
"During drought, the government can employ the services of agriculture workers for water conservation and tree plantation works for the next five months under MNEREGA. The Centre and state are working closely to find solutions to this vexed problem," says Maharashtra Agriculture Price Commission chairman.
Asserting that farmers' issues continue to be at the centre of the Left parties' political activities, AIKS General Secretary Hannan Mollah claimed that successive governments' "failure" to bring "land reforms" has triggered the "agricultural crisis".
For the upcoming 2018-19 rabi planting season, the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) in the Agriculture Ministry has computed the all-India average A2+FL production costs for six crops: wheat, barley, chana (chickpea), masur (lentil), rapeseed-mustard and safflower.