New Delhi: Putting an end to a myriad of speculations, the Centre on Monday approved a raise in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rabi crops to encourage farmers to increase their cultivation. Also Read - Battle Lines Drawn: Amarinder Moves Resolution in Punjab Assembly Against Centre's Farm Laws

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was announced by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Lok Sabha. Also Read - Punjab: AAP MLAs Spend Night in Assembly Premises Over Agriculture Law

Tomar said that the CCEA has approved increasing MSP of six rabi crops, ranging between Rs 50 to Rs 300 per quintal. While the MSP for wheat has been increased by Rs 50 to Rs 1,975 per quintal, that of black gram has been raised by Rs 250. Also Read - Farmer Outfits in Punjab to Intensify Stir Against New Farm Laws, Declare State-wide Protests on October 17

The highest rise in MSP has been in the category of lentils with a hike of Rs 300. The MSP for mustard has been hiked by Rs 225.

The revised MSPs for Rabi crops are as follows:

  • Wheat – Rs 1,975 per quintal
  • Barley – Rs 1,600 per quintal
  • Mustard – Rs 4,650 per quintal
  • Black gram – Rs 4,875 per quintal
  • Masoor – Rs 5,100 per quintal
  • Sunflower – Rs 5,327 per quintal

The minister said the government has always maintained that MSP and APMC mechanisms will continue as against a false propaganda spread by Opposition parties.

The announcement follows widespread protests by Opposition parties as well as farmer bodies in Punjab, Haryana and some other states after two key farm bills, which the government claims will give farmers the marketing freedom and better price for their produce, were passed in Parliament on Sunday.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 were passed by Parliament.

Some Congress MPs walked out of the House after Tomar made the announcement about MSPs.

(With inputs from PTI)