Ensure paddy growers in UP get MSP for produce: Cong to Centre
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 17, 2009, 23:04
New Delhi: Congress on Thursday demanded Centre's immediate intervention to ensure paddy growers in Uttar Pradesh get the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produce, alleging that majority of farmers are forced to sell it at cheaper rates.

"Senior officers of the full ministry must immediately visit UP, particularly the paddy growing areas and ensure MSP to the farmers," AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh said in a letter to Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.

also wanted a special Central team be sent to Basti district in the state to ensure that farmers get the MSP as there are "maximum complaints of farmers" there.

He alleged that state Food Minister Ram Prakash Choudhury, who belongs to Basti has a "vested interest" as he owns a rice mill.

"There were serious complaints of non-purchasing of paddy crop on MSP of Rs 1,000 per quintal by the state agencies. More than 80 percent of the farmers are forced to sell paddy at the rate ranging from Rs 750 to 800 per quintal," Singh alleged.

He said that the UP government has introduced a system of coupons to farmers for purchase of paddy from them and the distribution of these coupons is "very discriminatory".

He charged the state government of being "in connivance with the rice mill owners and traders" and that "it has not notified centres for FCI to purchase paddy."


First Published: Thursday, December 17, 2009, 23:04

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