The paddy MSP should be raised to Rs 2,025 per quintal keeping in view the increasing costs of agricultural inputs and the recommendations of the Swaminathan commission.
Raising this demand on Saturday, BJP kisan morcha national president OP Dhankar said the MSP of Rs 1,250 was too low to cover even the input costs of Rs 1,350 per quintal.
"The MSP should be increased to Rs 2,025 so that farmers can make decent profits. The system of minimum support price should be replaced with minimum profitable price. The MSP has become a bane for farmers. Two farmers commit suicide every hour in this country. The methodology of calculating MSP should be changed," said Dhankar.
He said that since farmers were not getting remunerative prices, their losses in the coming season would go up to Rs 10,000 crore.
Some state governments had requested the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) to fix the paddy MSP as Rs 1,800-2,200. The BJP kisan morcha has recommended an MSP of Rs 2,025 after calculating the input costs and the 50% profit suggested by the Swaminathan commission.
The Chhattisgarh government had even passed a resolution in the Vidhan Sabha endorsing this MSP.
Dhankar welcomed the decision to fix the MSP for jowar as Rs 1,500 per quintal, but said the MSP of Rs 1,175 for bajra and maize was too low.
He asked union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar to work for the benefit of the entire country and not just his own state. He said the cotton MSP should be Rs 5,000, while the MSP for long-fibre cotton should be Rs 5,500. "These prices have been deliberately kept low to benefit the cotton industry," he alleged.
Dhankar said that as a mark of protest, the BJP kisan morcha would send mails to the central government from post offices across the country, demanding better returns for farmers and compensation for the families of suicide victims.
State BJP president Ashwani Sharma, general secretaries Kamal Sharma and Manjit Singh Rai and kisan morcha national media incharge Vineet Joshi were also present.