NEW DELHI, 14 SEPT: As the battle lines are drawing close for a fiercely competitive poll season, the NCP chief and union Agriculture Minister, Mr Sharad Pawar has moved a Cabinet note for higher Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for winter crops. This would overrule the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices.
The Food ministry sources, which confirmed receiving the Cabinet note and related papers, maintain that if Mr Pawar’s recommendations are implemented, probably the cost of footing the hyped Food Security Act will be high as the Agriculture Minister has suggested average enhanced prices for all major produces and especially Rs 1,450 for wheat, marking a Rs 50 difference per quintal.
“The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) mandated to recommend the MSP rate for major items including wheat and cereals have made its suggestions. But Mr Pawar has argued that we should go for higher MSPs," top sources in the ministry told The Statesman.