Farmers' Demand to Legalise MSP

While the farmers' demand for legalising MSP is being questioned for the allegedly hefty expenditure the government would have to incur, the potential sundry benefits it would have for the agricultural sector in general outweigh the costs.farmers’ unions have said their protest will continue until their six remaining demands, including the legal mandate for minimum support prices (MSP), are met.As the name suggests, MSP is the minimum price a farmer must be paid for their food grains as guaranteed by the government. The big problem with the MSP system, however, has been that it was never backed by a parliamentary act and therefore, could never be legally enforced across India Of the 23 crops that the government currently announces MSPs for every year, there are seven cereals (paddy, wheat, maize, bajra, jowar, ragi and barley), five pulses (chana, arhar, moong, urad and masur), seven oilseeds (groundnut, soybean, rapeseed-mustard, sesame, sunflower, niger seed and safflower), three millets** and two tubeweeds.

‘Legalising MSP will ensure crop diversification too’

one of the main reasons for monoculture farming in India’s Northern states, where the focus is only on water-guzzling paddy and wheat, is also rooted in the limited implementation of MSP.

Farmers in Punjab and Haryana are forced to grow paddy despite its ecological consequences because of the government assurance that it will buy their whole produce at MSP.

If MSP as a bench mark is ensured, the state government can really push farmers out of the wheat-paddy cycle and the focus can be shifted to growing maize, pulses and other crops.

Is it too much to ask for MSP for all states?

It has many benefits, not just for farmers but economic uplift of the nation as more diverse crops means more to share ,more to export ,more financial gains !

Farmers are still waiting for an update on the demands that were promised to be fulfilled by the Government. But seems like PM is busy for filling up his party banks instead. Someone remind him of the duty he has towards farmers and nation.

msp is farmers right

MSP is the minimum price. Farmer must paid for their food grains as guaranteed by the Govt. The big problem with the MSP system, however, has been that it was never backed by a parliamentary act and therefore, could never be legally enforced across India.

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