Relief for farmers: Modi government mulling to add more crops in MSP list, says Niti Aayog
The Niti Aayog has recommended the Modi government to add garlic, onion, potato, tomato and milk in the list of MSP, which currently stand at only 25 beneficiary items.
In a bid to extend minimum support price (MSP) relief to some more farmers, the Narendra Modi government is mulling to add few more items into the list of MSP. According to Niti Aayog member at core committed on agriculture, the aayog has recommended that government should add garlic, potato, onion, tomato and milk in this list so that farmers indulge in these crop and allied agriculture produce should also be added into the net of MSP beneficiary list.
Speaking on the development Krishnveer Chaudhary, member, Core Committee on Agriculture at Niti Aayog told Zee Business online, "Recently, in a meeting at the Niti Aayog, the aayog has recommended the Modi government to add garlic, onion, potato, tomato and milk in the list of MSP, which contain only 25 items." He said that after receiving the Niti Aayog proposal, the agriculture ministry has taken the matter seriously and the government is keen on implementing the Niti Aayog recommendation in regard to expanding the list of items in MSP beneficiary crops.
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Hailing the government plans in regard to the MSP list expansion Anuj Modi, Director, Lotus Dairy Products said, "Addition of few more items, especially milk, into the list of beneficiary items under MSP is a welcome move, if implemented, and it would help farmers to at least pare the losses incurring on their side at the time of harvest. However, I would like to add that such a step would be handy for farmers in short-term only. In longer terms, we need to provide a proper and concrete market structure where they will be able to get the actual price of their produce they have been demanding for long."
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