Farmer leaders rejected the Centre’s proposal to give MSP on three pulses, maize and cotton.



Chandigarh. Farmer leaders rejected the Centre’s proposal to give MSP on three pulses, maize and cotton. Farmer union leaders on Monday rejected the Centre’s proposal to procure pulses, maize and cotton at minimum support price (MSP) for five years by government agencies, saying it was not in the interest of farmers.

This announcement was made by farmer leaders Sarwan Singh Pandher and Jagjit Singh Dallewal after a meeting held at the Shambhu border of Punjab-Haryana in Patiala district of Punjab. Three Union ministers – Piyush Goyal, Arjun Munda and Nityanand Rai had given a proposal to the farmers during the fourth round of talks in Chandigarh on Sunday. Soon after the end of the fourth round of talks on Monday night, farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said, “ We will discuss the proposals given by the Center with fellow farmers, take the opinion of experts. The crops which the Center has proposed to buy at assured MSP include three pulses apart from cotton and maize.

It is proposed that central agencies like NCCF, NAFED and Cotton Corporation of India will sign contracts for five years to buy the crop from farmers. Farmer leaders were approached by three Union ministers Arjun Munda, Piyush Goyal and Nityanand Rai on the final plan from the central government. Before reaching there, they have been asked to discuss their proposal and give their consent.

Talking to the media after the meeting, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said that if MSP is given for this crop, then Punjab can lead the country in the production of pulses. He said that this will be the second green revolution in the country, although Punjab India faced the loss of its only natural resources due to overexploitation of fertile soil and water due to the Green Revolution.

The Chief Minister also said that farmers of the state can adopt cotton and maize only if they get MSP for these crops. He said that assured marketing of these crops can encourage farmers for crop diversification. Today the country imports pulses from other countries, whereas if farmers get remunerative prices then they can produce these pulses here.

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