Kolkata, 6 January: A six-member Left Front delegation today alleged that farmers in a majority of the districts were being forced to sell paddy at lower than the Minimum Support Price (MSP).
Though the state government has fixed the MSP at Rs 1,310 per quintal, farmers in Bankura, Birbhum, Burdwan and districts of north Bengal have been found to be selling their crop at Rs 1250 while in South 24 Parganas, paddy was being sold at Rs 1170 only.
Mr Anisur Rahman, former animal resources development minister said that the MSP has been hiked by only Rs 50 per quintal than that which was fixed last year. The cost of production is much higher than the MSP, he said.