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                                                 n line with its target to double the farmers’ income by 2022, the government has
                                               Iunveiled a three-pronged policy to ensure that the farmers get the minimum support
                                               prices that are promised.
                                               Unveiling the new proposals -- Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Samrakshan Abhiyan
                                               (PM-AASHA) -- cleared by the Union cabinet, an official statement said the government
                                               is working with a holistic approach. “Increasing MSP is not adequate and it is more
                                               important that farmers get the full benefit of the announced support prices.” Rs 15,053
                                               crore is to be spent over a two-year period to implement the umbrella scheme that
                                               offers  three options – Price Support Scheme, (that is, MSP), Price Deficiency Payment
                                               Scheme (PDPS), and Pilot of Private Procurement  and Stockist Scheme (PPPS).

         Chief editor                          The government has already increased the MSP for a number of Kharif crops on the
         S. Jafar Naqvi                        principle of 1.5 times the cost of production.
         Consulting editor                     While the existing schemes for providing MSP for procurement of paddy, wheat, nutri-
         T.V. Satyanarayanan                   cereals, pulses, cotton, jute and copra would be continued, PDPS has been framed
         Chief Co-ordinator                    on the lines of Madhya Pradesh government’s Bhavantar Bhuktan Yojana to protect
         M.B. Naqvi                            oilseed  farmers.  Under  PDPS,  there  is  no  procurement  at  all.  Instead,  the  farmers
                                               would sell their produce in the market and the government would directly pay them
         editorial Co-ordinator
         Syed M K                              the difference between the MSP and the average market price. Cash payment would
                                               be deposited in the farmers’ bank accounts.
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         Faiyaz Ahmad                          The third option – PPPS – is a pilot scheme which for the first time seeks to involve
         Mohd. Iqbal                           private players in the agricultural procurement process. It would cover one or more
                                               crop of oilseeds for which the MSP is notified. The selected private agency shall procure
         Head Office                           the commodity at the MSP in the notified markets during the notified period from the
         new delhi: : +91-11-29535848 /        registered farmers in consonance with the PPPS guidelines whenever market prices
         29535593 / 29535872                   fall below the notified MSP and whenever authorized by the state government. The
                                               government would pay the agency a service charge of up to 15 per cent of the MSP for
         Other Business Offices                a specified crop.
         Mumbai: 9702903993                    The proposals are a step in the right direction, but their success depends on how well
                                               they are implemented.
         Pune: 9881137397                      Meanwhile, as the south-west monsoon is nearing the end of its four-month journey,
                                               there are varying estimates about the Kharif crop prospects. The Union Agriculture
         Chennai: 9941130277                   Ministry  is  optimistic  as  Agriculture  Secretary  Shobhana  K  Pattanayak  said  at  the
                                               recent  National  Conference  on  Agriculture  for  Rabi  Campaign,  “Cutting  across  all
                                               states, the standing Kharif crops look very good, indicating that the harvest this year
         Admn. & Marketing Office
         MediA todAy PVt. ltd.                 is going to be good.”
         J-73, Paryavaran Complex, neb sarai,
         ignou road, new delhi - 110068 (india)  However,  according  to  National  Collateral  Management  Services  Ltd  (NCML),  a
         Phone : 91-11-29535848 /              leading  private  agency  in  the  country  dealing  in  post-harvest  management,  the
         29535593 / 29535872                   whimsical  monsoon  this  time  may  reduce  the  Kharif  foodgrain  output  to  136.75
         Web.:              million tonnes, nearly 2.83 per cent lower than the 140.73 million tonnes produced                     last year. NCML releases its crop production estimates periodically, and this was its
                                               second advance estimates, released in the first week of September. The agency pointed
         india : 1 year rs. 1000/-  by normal Post  out that 20 percent of total districts in the country faced floods, while half of the total 36
                    rs. 1300/- by Courier      meteorological subdivisions were reeling under a deficit rainfall of over 10 per cent.
                    2 years rs. 1850/-  by normal Post
                    rs. 2450/- by Courier      According to the agency’s estimates, production of rice is expected to decline to 95.8
          overseas :  us$ 120 for 1 year / us$ 230 for 2 years   million tonnes, against the record output of 97.50 million tonnes in the previous year.
         single Copy  in india : rs. 100/-
         single Copy Cost for overseas : us$10  Oilseeds production in this year’s Kharif season is projected to fall by 2 per cent to
                   (Add 5% GST)                20.56 million tonnes. Although the soyabean output is poised for an increase, there
                                               could be a 17 per cent dip in groundnut output. Because of diminished yield levels of
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