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Bonus for wheat could become major election campaign issue in Madhya Pradesh

Congress government claims Centre not allowing payment of extra price to farmers.

MSP politics: The Price of Rice

The Congress government’s paddy populism in Chhattisgarh could hit a hurdle in New Delhi.


MSP intervention: A different surplus

The unprecedented procurement of pulses and oilseeds in the last couple of years has created problems — and opportunities.

Traders want state to do away with APMC Act provision on suspending their licenses

Traders want the government to do away with the sections of APMC Act that allow market committees to suspend licenses of traders who purchase commodities below the Minimum Support Price (MSP).

Govt hikes sugarcane price by Rs 20 per quintal to Rs 275

The FRP, which is the minimum price that sugar mills have to pay to sugarcane farmers, is Rs 255 per quintal for the 2017-18 season. The increase is also likely to result in states like Uttar Pradesh, which do not follow the centrally-announced FRP, raising their own advisory prices.

Govt hikes raw jute MSP by Rs 200 to Rs 3,700/quintal for 2018-19

The decision would benefit jute farmers mainly in West Bengal, Assam and Bihar which account for 95 per cent of the country's jute production. The government in the Budget for 2018-19 had announced fixing MSPs at 1.5 times the cost of production for various crops.


From Plate to Plough: The right agri-support

Schemes to ensure that farmers get fair returns will come a croppper unless trade and tariffs are synced with minimum support prices.

Mann ki baat: PM Narendra Modi focus on farmers, BR Ambedkar

PM Modi said a major decision was taken in this year’s budget to ensure adequate returns to farmers when the government decided to give at least one-and-a-half times the input costs as MSP for the scheduled crops.

When the State becomes the Market

The main reason for rising governmental procurement of wheat and paddy has been the steady increase in their minimum support prices (MSP).

The Cost+50% Swaminathan formula mirage

The M S Swaminathan committee’s widely disseminated recommendation, to fix MSP at levels “at least 50 per cent more than the weighted average cost of production”, remains a holy grail or partial reality at best.

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What the thousands of farmers protesting in Maharashtra are demanding

Around 30,000 farmers and tribals are marching from Thane to Azad Maidan in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Here’s a list of their long-pending demands.