Bhubaneswar, June 11: Odisha Government has urged the Centre to increase the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy for the State, informed Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo on Friday.
Addressing a press meet here, Sahoo said, “The farmers of Odisha have been producing paddy despite facing numerous natural calamities including frequent cyclones. The State Government has taken various welfare steps for farmers so far, but the MSP for paddy needs to be increased for the interest of the farmers”.
“The Centre should fix the MSP for paddy at Rs 2,930 per quintal for Odisha to double farmers’ income. It will help farmers get at least 25% profit from their product. A letter in this regard has been written to the Centre,” he added.
Notably, the Union Government on Wednesday increased Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for all mandated Kharif crops for marketing season 2021-22.