Farmers are selling moong at a price less than MSP, how will the crop diversification effort be successful?

Crop diversification to bring major changes in farmingCrop Diversification) is being promoted. Farmer (Farmers) Efforts are being made by running a scheme to not depend on only a few crops. Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the crops for which sowing is being encouraged under crop diversification.MSP) but the purchase is being arranged. Farmers do not have to think about selling their produce and get a fair price, keeping this in mind, arrangements have been made for purchase at MSP. In order to promote crop diversification this time in Punjab, it was announced to buy moong grown in summer at MSP. However, the farmers allege that the purchase of moong in the mandis is being done at Rs 1000 to 1300 less than the fixed support price.

The members of Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), Dakonda raised the issue with Deputy Commissioner Surbhi Malik in Ludhiana. Mahinder Singh Kamalpura, president of the district unit of the organization, alleged that moong was being bought from Rs 1000 to Rs 1,300 less than the MSP. Also, the leaders of the farmers’ organization have demanded that MSP should be ensured on other crops and compensation should be given to the farmers whose potato or wheat crop was damaged earlier.

Farmers sold moong at a higher rate than MSP

Markfed, the agency that procures moong at MSP, has denied the allegations of the farmers. Markfed District Manager Sunil K Sofat told that the government is buying moong directly from the farmers at the rate of Rs 7275 per quintal. At the same time, some farmers have also told that their moong crop has been sold at a price higher than the MSP. Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik said that this is the first time that MSP has been declared for the purchase of moong. He said that if farmers have any quality concerns, they can approach the three-member committee in the mandi. He said that the committee is working impartially.

There is a demand of some farmers that the government should remove the conditions for purchasing moong on MSP and purchase it without any condition. This time the Bhagwant Mann government of Punjab had announced to purchase moong at MSP. After this, the area under moong in the state almost doubled as compared to last year. Last year, moong was cultivated in 50 thousand acres, while this time the area has reached about 1 lakh acres. At the same time, the Agriculture Department had said that by purchasing moong at MSP, the farmers of the state would get an additional income of Rs 36,000 per acre.

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