Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Cabinet on Wednesday resolved to move the Union government reiterating its earlier stand requesting to implement the recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee regarding minimum support price (MSP) of all crops, for doubling the farmers income, in the interest of farmers.
The M.S. Swaminathan chaired National Commission on Farmers had recommended that “MSP should be at least 50% more than the weighted average cost of production”.
The Odisha Legislative Assembly had earlier passed unanimous resolutions in this regard in 2017 and again in 2018.
Odisha government has been dedicatedly working towards development of farmers and is committed to the doubling of farmers’ income.
All government policies and programmes, including the new Agricultural Policy 2020 SAMRUDHI, are aimed at achieving rapid Agricultural Growth through improved profitability, inclusivity and sustainability.
In this context, the State government considers that MSP is an important tool for income generation of the farmers. The income of farmers needs to keep pace with the growth of income in other sectors and the rise in the costs of cultivation.
The MSP of any agricultural produce has to be fixed in a holistic manner so as to make farming operations profitable and to safeguard the farmers against all types of risks, according to the State government.