The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for all mandated Kharif crops for marketing season 2021-22.
Minimum Support Prices for all Kharif crops for marketing season 2021-22
|Crop||MSP 2020-21||MSP 2021-22||Cost* of production 2021-22 (Rs/quintal)||Increase in MSP (Absolute)||Return over cost (in per cent)|
|Cotton (Medium Staple)||5515||5726||3817||211||50|
|Cotton (Long Staple)^||5825||6025||–||200||–|
* Refers to comprehensive cost which includes all paid on costs such as those incurred on account of hired human labour, bullock labour machine labour, rent paid for leased in land, expenses incurred on use of material inputs like seeds, fertilisers, manures, irrigation charges, depreciation on implements and farm buildings, interest on working capital, diesel/electricity for operation of pump sets etc., miscellaneous expenses and imputed value of family labour. (As informed by the Agriculture Ministry)
^ Cost data are not separately compiled for Paddy (Grade A), Jowar (Maldandi) and Cotton (Long staple)
Source: Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India
Focussing on pulses and oilseeds
With an aim to attain self-sufficiency in the production of pulses, a special Kharif strategy has been prepared for implementation in the ensuing Kharif 2021 season. A detailed plan for both area expansion and productivity enhancement for tur, moong, and urad has been formulated. Under the strategy, all the available high-yielding varieties (HYVs) of seeds will be distributed free of cost to increase area through intercropping and sole crop. Similarly, for oilseeds, the Government of India has approved a plan for the free distribution of high-yielding varieties of seeds to the farmers for the Kharif season 2021 in the form of mini-kits. The special Kharif programme will bring an additional 6.37 lakh hectare area under oilseeds and is likely to produce 120.26 lakh quintals of oilseeds and edible oil amounting to 24.36 lakh quintals.