Farming MSP

First meeting of MSP committee will have on August 22 to discuss future plan

First meeting of MSP committee will have on August 22 to discuss future plan

The first meeting of the MSP committee will have on August 22 to discuss future plan.

According to official sources, the committee on Minimum Support Price (MSP) will have its first meeting on August 22 to consider future plans. According to the sources, the conference would begin at 10.30 a.m. at the National Agriculture Science Complex (NASC) in the nation’s capital.

According to reports, the committee will introduce members, deliberate on ‘future initiatives,’ and consider the formation of sub-panels to address the broad topics outlined in the terms of reference at the first meeting.

Meanwhile, the government is urging the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) to participate in the committee’s deliberations; it remains to be seen whether the SKM will change its position and designate three delegates, according to sources.

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SKM, which was forced to form this committee after rallying farmers in a protest against three farm laws and forcing the government to abolish them, has already rejected it and chosen not to nominate its delegates.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to set up a committee to look into farmers’ MSP issues when he announced the repeal of three farm regulations in November last year.

The committee, led by former agricultural secretary Sanjay Agrawal, was formed on July 18 to ‘promote zero budget based farming, ‘modify’ crop patterns to meet the country’s changing demands, and make MSP more ‘efficient and transparent.’

There are 26 members on the committee, including the chairman, and three seats are reserved for SKM representatives.

Committee members

The committee’s members include Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand, agri-economists CSC Shekhar from the Indian Institute of Economic Development and Sukhpal Singh from IIM-Ahmedabad, and senior member Naveen P Singh from the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).

The committee includes National award-winning farmer Bharat Bhushan Tyagi, as well as five members from different farmer organizations, including Gunwant Patil, Krishnaveer Choudhary, and Pramod Kumar Choudhary, Guni Prakash, and Sayyed Pasha Patel.

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The committee also includes two members of the farmers’ cooperative group, IFFCO Chairman Dilip Sanghani and CNRI General Secretary Binod Anand.

The group also includes senior members of agricultural universities, five central government secretaries, and the chief secretaries of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, and Odisha.