Andhra Pradesh govt announces MSP for various agricultural products

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Through the MSP, the government assures farmers that it will purchase their crops even in the event of an uncompetitive price, with preference to small and marginal farmers.

 

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy announced the minimum support price (MSP) for 24 agricultural products for the year 2020-21 on Thursday.

AP Government has announced the minimum support price (MSP) for the current sowing season for various agriculture products.

Turmeric, chillies, onions, minor-millets, paddy, green grams, lentils, peanuts, cotton, bananas, soya beans, sunflowers and others have featured in the list, which the government will buy from the farmers to guarantee them a minimum price.

"The State government has announced very aggressive procurement policy. In 2019, it procured commodities worth Rs 3,300 crores through MSP operations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, we have arranged procurement centres in each village”, PS Pradyumna, Special Commissioner of Agricultural Marketing, said.

“Andhra Pradesh is probably the first State where a farmer will not need to go out of the village to sell his produce”, he added.

He informed that the procurement will be carried forward from the farm gate in special cases.

"Andhra Pradesh is the only State which has announced State MSP for six commodities including chilli, turmeric, sweet orange, minor-millet, banana and onion. In case, rates fall below their MSP, the State government will do procurement operations for these commodities as well," he said.

According to the marketing commissioner, the state government procured commodities worth Rs 3,300 crore in 2019, buying 8.1 lakh metric tonne, excluding paddy, which is being handled by a separate organization.

Set to start from October 15, the government expects to procure up to 3.5 lakh tonne of produce in 2020 – 21.

"Farmers are also being given assurance that in case of absence of competitive price their crop will be purchased as per the MSP announced. This year procurement will start from October 15," Pradyumna further said.

Procurement season for all the crops has been specified even as all the Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs) have also been declared as procurement centres.

 “The State Government will intervene and procure farm produce through RBK’s to create competition in the market to ensure better prices to farmers for their produce,” he said.

With the procurement policy, the Chief Minister envisages that competition will increase in the market to benefit the farmers to fetch a better price.

“If needed, the government itself will buy the farmers’ produce through RBKs to increase competition for their benefit,” said Reddy.

Through the MSP, the government assures farmers that it will purchase their crops even in the event of an uncompetitive price, with preference to small and marginal farmers.

To enable the government to buy their produce, Farmers are required to get register details of their produce with e-Karshak and get themselves enrolled with Village Agriculture Assistants or Village Horticulture Assistants in RBKs to sell their produce.

 

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: The Economic Times

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