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BJP Kisan Morcha to hold dharna on Oct 5

chandigarh Updated: Oct 02, 2012 16:16 IST
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BJP Kisan Morcha will hold dharna across the country on October 5 and submit their memorandum of demands to the governor on increase in minimum support price (MSP) of wheat.


Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Morcha National Secretary Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal termed the recommendations of Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP) not to increase the MSP of wheat as "impractical, unfortunate and an anti-farmer decision".

Grewal said the CACP claims input cost of wheat to be at Rs 1,066 per quintal, whereas the data collected by the Kisan Morcha shows average input cost per quintal at Rs 1,400 of which Rs 50 is increased cost of di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) and that of diesel is Rs 28, adding that the input cost would also increase due to inflation and the rent farmers pay for tilling land on contract.

The input costs of various crops have increased by 15 to 20 %, he said.

"At present, the prices of rabi crops are high, but by the time it comes to the market, prices suddenly tumble down and MSP is declared as per the fallen prices which leads to loss to farmers," he added.

He demanded that mustard, toria and sunflower's MSP be fixed at Rs 3,200 per quintal, while that of grams and masar be fixed at Rs 3,500 per quintal.

Besides, the MSP of barley be fixed at Rs 1,500 per quintal, he demanded, adding, "keeping in view these demands as well as changes in policy of mixed fertilisers, farmers be saved from the additional burden."