In its counter affidavit filed in response to a PIL seeking to implement NPF, the Ministry of Agriculture said that no comparison can be made about increase or decrease of prices of one commodity viz-a-viz other commodities as it depends on demand and supply and market forces.
"The government has taken all possible steps for implementation of National Policy for Farmers 2007 for the development and growth of agriculture and allied sectors as well for the betterment of farmers...

"India has not only ensured self-sufficiency in most agricultural crops but has also built sufficient buffer stocks and is also in a position to export agricultural commodities to other countries," the affidavit said, adding that the only areas where production is deficient are pulses and oil/seeds.
The matter was listed before a bench comprising justices S J Mukhopadhaya and N V Ramana which posted it for hearing after six weeks after taking on record the additional affidavit placed before it by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh.
The PIL filed by the Consortium of Farmers Association in 2011 had sought implementation of NPF and said despite spiralling agricultural product prices, the tillers continue to be poor and debt-ridden.

The Centre had earlier also filed an affidavit and supplementary affidavit in response to the notices issued to it. The PIL has accused the government of sitting idle since 2007 on the national farmers policy, framed on the recommendations of M S Swaminathan Commission.

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