NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his ‘Mann ki Baat’ to address the farmers and their anguish, elaborating on the promise of the budget to pay a support price that is one and a half times the cost incurred. But the formula he presented does not cover the integral cost (C2) that a section of farmers has been demanding. Instead, the government will look for the formula A2 + FL that covers the cost and the imputed value of unpaid family work.
“It has been decided that the MSP of the notified crops will be fixed at least one and a half times its cost.” If I can detail this, the MSP will include the labor cost of other employed workers, the expenses incurred in own animals and the cost of the animals and machinery acquired in the rent, the cost of the seeds, the cost of each type of fertilizer used, the cost of irrigation paid to the state government, interests paid in working capital, land rental in the case of leased land ” said Modi.
“Not only this, but also the cost of the labor of the farmer or any other person in his family who contributes with his work in the agricultural work will be added to the cost of production,” he added.
All the cost and the imputed value of unpaid family work, listed by Modi, is known as formula A2 + FL. However, a section of farmers’ organizations has been demanding the use of a comprehensive cost formula (C2) that takes into account the rental value of land owned and interest on fixed capital other than A2 + FL.
PM Modi’s statements on Sunday gave a clear signal that the government will not look for the C2 formula while fixing the MSPs for the Kharif crops (sown in summer) that will be marketed from October.
“Efforts are being made to connect the ‘mandis’ of the local villages with the wholesale market and then with the global market, Twenty-two thousand rural haats in the country will be updated through the creation of the necessary infrastructure and these will be integrated with the APMC platform and e-NAM so that farmers do not have to go to distant places to sell their products, “he said. Modi. After touring several ‘mandis’ (agricultural markets) in five states on March 14 and 22, the group, led by Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj Abhiyan, said on Saturday that farmers could not sell any MSP crop in any of these mandis and urged the government to open a sufficient number of procurement centers so that farmers are not forced into a forced sale situation.
The Prime Minister, in his radio address, also praised the role of leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Ram Manohar Lohia, Charan Singh and Devi Lal for recognizing agriculture and the farmer as vital aspects of the nation’s economy.
Referring to Bhimrao Ambedkar, he said, “Many people mocked Baba Saheb Ambedkar, tried to stop him and made every effort to ensure that the son of an impoverished and backward family did not progress in life, was something and succeeded in the But the image of New India is completely different. “