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Government Increases MSP for 6 Rabi Crops Including Wheat, Mustard

The Centre today hiked the minimum support price (MSP) for mustard by Rs 400 to Rs 5,450 per quintal and wheat by Rs 110 to Rs 2,125 per quintal for the current crop year with an aim to double farmers' income and increase production.

Shivam Dwivedi
MSP for Wheat has been increased by Rs 110 to Rs 2,125 / quintal for this crop year

A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the decision to increase the MSPs of six crops.

It is important to mention that the minimum support price is the rate at which the government purchases grain from farmers. At present, the government sets MSPs for 23 crops grown in Kharif as well as rabi seasons. The sowing of rabi (winter) crops starts in October, soon after the harvesting of Kharif (summer) crops.

An official government statement said that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a hike in MSPs for 6 rabi crops for the 2022-23 crop year (July-June) & the 2023-24 marketing season.

MSP for Wheat has been increased by Rs 110 to Rs 2,125 / quintal for this crop year from the previous Rs 2,015 / quintal in 2021-22.

It further said that the cost of production of wheat is projected at Rs 1,065 per quintal.

Source - PIB
Source - PIB

The hike in MSP for Rabi Crops for 2023-24 Marketing Season is in line with the Union Budget 2018-19 announcement of fixing the minimum support price at a level of at least 1.5 times of the All-India weighted average Cost of Production, aiming at reasonably fair remuneration for the farmers.

The maximum rate of return is 104% for rapeseed and mustard, followed by 100% for wheat, 85% for lentil; 66% for gram; 60% for barley & 50% for safflower.

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