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Ragi, jowar MSP increased to Rs 1,800 a quintal

Bangalore, Sept 8, 2013, DHNS: 1:37 IST
Dinesh Gundu Rao
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao on Saturday said that the government was planning to increase the minimum support price (MSP) for ragi and jowar to Rs 1,800 per quintal from Rs 1,500, to encourage farmers to grow these food grains.

He told reporters that a Cabinet sub-committee headed by Law Minister T B Jayachandra had decided the MSP.

The government would procure the food grains at this rate for supplying them under the Anna Bhagya scheme, at Re 1 per kg. The government’s move to increase the MSP will not only benefit farmers, but also spur the local economy, he said.

Supply of ragi and jowar, along with rice and wheat, is scheduled to begin in October. But it depends on the availability.

“Food grains will be available in adequate quantity for procurement in the market only after November. Steps are now being taken to call tenders. If the food grains are available, the programme will be launched,” Rao explained.

Besides, the quantity of food grains to be provided depends on the availability. If ragi and jowar are available in adequate quantity, the government is ready to increase the quota of these food grains to each family, he said.

This apart, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is learnt to have decided to release Rs 72 crore to give compensation to farmers who are affected due to fruit rot disease. The chief minister held a meeting with the Finance department officials in this regard.

The government also decided to give an advance of Rs 2,400 per tonne of sugar cane to farmers who supply to Mysugar and Pandavapura sugar factories in Mandya district. The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting chaired by Siddaramaiah.

A fair fixation committee has also been set up. The advance amount will be given till the committee fixes the minimum support price.

In addition, the government has decided to release Rs 24 crore for revival of Mysugar factory, Sugar Minister Prakash Hukkeri said.

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