Andhra Pradesh farmers want hike in paddy MSP

Written by Commodities Bureau | New Delhi, Sep 29 | Updated: Sep 30 2007, 07:53am hrs
Farmers from major rice producing state, Andhra Pradesh are now gathering in the Capital to press upon the government to adequately raise the minimum support price for paddy.

The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) has recommended that the MSP for wheat be raised to Rs 1,000 a quintal, while that for common variety paddy remains at Rs 645 a quintal and that of Grade-A variety paddy at 675 a quintal.

The Andhra farmers have demanded that CACP be made autonomous and have district wise representation.

They have also demanded that the MSPs for various crops be made remunerative enough to not only cover the cost but also adequately raise the farmers income. Four farmers representatives from Andhra Pradesh, namely, K Ramulu, K Narayana Reddy, G Govin Reddy and D Vasanth Kumar arrived in Delhi on padyatra from Hyderabad. We will sit on an indefinite dharna in Jantar Mantar till our demands are fulfilled. Hundreds of our colleagues will be joining us tomorrow, said Ramulu.