Foodgrain pricing panel asked to rework wheat MSP: Sharad Pawar
The government has asked Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) to rework the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat for 2012-13 keeping in mind the rise of cost of inputs like fertiliser and diesel, he told Rajya Sabha during Question Hour.
The CACP had recommended that MSP for wheat in current year should be the same as last year's level of Rs 1,285 despite cost of production going up from Rs 927 per quintal in 2011-12 to Rs 1,128 in the current year.
The MSP for wheat in 2010-11 was Rs 1,120 per quintal when cost of production was Rs 826, he said.
"The CACP recommendation has not been accepted by us," he said adding the expert panel has been asked to "go in-depth" into input costs like fertiliser, oil and labour charges in submitting a revised proposal.
"In next 15 days, we will announce the final price (for current year)," he said.
Pawar said MSP for paddy for current year was fixed at Rs 1,250 per quintal considering a cost of production of Rs 1,152. In the previous year, MSP was Rs 1,080 as against a cost of production of Rs 888 per quintal. In 2010-11, farmers were paid Rs 1,000 per quintal when their cost of production of paddy was Rs 742.
"The cost of production of agricultural commodities depends
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