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CACP's proposal of 'negligible' hike in MSP blow to credit-starved Vidarbha farmers
The recent proposal of the Agriculture Ministry on the recommendations of the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP) to hike minimum support prices (MSP) of Vidarbha's main cash crops - cotton, pluses (Tur), soybean and paddy - has dealt another blow to debt-trapped dying five million Vidarbha farmers who are committing suicides due to prevailing distress.

CACP has proposed no hike in pluses (Tur) and negligible hike of Rs. 100 and Rs. 60 in cotton and paddy respectively and Rs. 320 in soybean, which is nothing as per prevailing uncontrolled hike in input and labor cost and exorbitant interest amount paid by debt-trapped farmers.

“We have taken up the issue with Maharashtra government urging it to take issue with CACP and arrange to get fixed MSP of cotton @Rs. 6000, soyabean @Rs.4000, pluses (Tur) @Rs.5000 and paddy @Rs.2000 per quintal in order to avoid another spiral of farm suicides in west Vidarbha where main cash crops are cotton, Tur and soybean,” informed Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), in letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

This is right time for state intervention as the Union Agriculture Ministry has sought views of state governments on the issue, and has circulated a Cabinet note among various ministries recommending MSP to get corrected.

“But the MSP set by CACP seems have no relation with its own formula giving room for bias to protect corporate and market forces. Hence, we are raising issue so that farmers can opt for right cash crops,” Tiwari added.

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