Chandigarh:  Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said Minimum Support Price for wheat for 2012-13 Rabi season should be fixed at Rs 1,750 per quintal.
Badal approved the recommendations of the State Agricultural department asking Centre to fix the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the crops of Rabi season 2012-13 in accordance with the prevalent cost of the inputs in market, a spokesperson said.
Disclosing this here on Wednesday, he said that Badal cleared the file to this effect asking the Director agriculture to write a letter to the Member Secretary of Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP) for streamlining the policy regarding the marketing of Rabi crops in year 2012-2013.
The spokesperson further said the state government has recommended an increase in prices of such crops in proportion to the increase in their input costs.
The spokesperson pointed out that in order to fix the estimated cost of the wheat crop for the year 2012-2013 the market price of the various inputs like seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, irrigation and labour have been kept in mind along with various other factors including the weather risks and marketing expenditure.
Emphasising on the need for an increase in MSP of wheat crop for the next year, the spokesperson said keeping in view all these factors the MSP of the wheat must be fixed at Rs 1750 per quintal. Wheat MSP for 2011-12 was Rs 1,285 per quintal.
In the same manner, the government of India must fix the MSP of other crops like Barley, Gram and Mustard at Rs 1,493 Rs 2,990 and Rs 2,805 per quintal, respectively, he added.


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