Kharif support prices made available from 1 September

The centre has decided to make the minimum support prices (MSPs) for kharif crops grown this year to be applicable from 1 September 2016. The decision has been conveyed to agriculture secretaries of all states and union territories by the union ministry of agriculture and farmers' welfare.

The decision has been taken as harvested crops sown in Kharif may reach the market even before October, an official release said.

The government announces MSPs in each season for major agricultural commodities to ensure remunerative prices to the farmers for their produce. The MSP for kharif crops, namely, paddy, jowar, bajra, maize, ragi, tur (arhar), moong, urad, groundnut-in-shell, soyabean, sunflower seed, nigerseed, sesamum and cotton was announced on 1 June 2016 before the sowing season to enable farmers to take a decision for sowing a particular crop

Meanwhile, the total Kharif crop sown area as of 16 September 2016 based on reports received from states, stood at 1,059.48 lakh hectares, compared with 1,022.61 lakh hectares at this time last year.

It is reported that rice has been sown/transplanted in 382.00 lakh ha, pulses in 144.96 lakh ha, coarse cereals in 188.62 lakh ha, oilseeds in 188.33 lakh ha, sugarcane in 45.77 lakh hectare and cotton in 102.23 lakh ha.