Bhubaneswar, Feb 24: Odisha Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo today urged the Centre to implement the MS Swaminathan committee report on fixation of minimum support price (MSP) for agricultural products.
The minister in response to a question of BJD MLA Amar Prasad Satpathy said that the MSP is fixed by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP). It should take the views of concerned state governments before fixing the MSP. However, the MSP is being fixed on the basis of national average.
Odisha farmers are incurring loss because the cost of production of the paddy is higher than the MSP fixed by the Centre, said the minister.
Sahoo told the House that the State Assembly had unanimously demanded on March 25, 2017 that the MSP for paddy should be fixed at the rate of Rs 2,930 per quintal. Again, the demand was reiterated on July 13, 2018.
The state government had been making its efforts to impress upon the Centre to implement the demand. The Odisha Cabinet also sent a proposal to this effect to the Centre. However, the decision is pending yet, said he.