Giving MSP On All Crops “Not Practical”, Says Agricultural Economist Amid Farmers Protest

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Giving MSP On All Crops 'Not Practical', Says Agricultural Economist Amid Farmers' Protest

He stressed that about 60 countries of the world provide direct subsidies to farmers

Ludhiana, Punjab:

Amidst the ongoing agitation by farmers demanding legal recognition of Minimum Support Price and implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report including on pricing mechanism, prominent agricultural economist Dr Sardara Singh Johl has said that giving MSP on all crops “is not practical”.

Dr Johl, a former Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, said that farmers should adopt the path of negotiation over their demands and also added that they should be allowed to go to Delhi. He laid stress on talks to solve the problems of farmers.

He expressed concern over the situation on Punjab’s border with Haryana. Dr Johl said that MSP is beneficial for farmers only when it is higher than the market rate and stressed the need to benefit small farmers.

He said farmers largely get MSP on wheat and paddy and the government does not even buy many crops.

“The government cannot give MSP on all 23 crops….even if the government saves money and buys all the crops, it is not possible to implement it,” Dr Johl said.

He stressed that about 60 countries of the world provide direct subsidies to farmers.

Citing examples of advanced economies, Mr Johl said the United States had in 2021-22 given more than USD 42 billion to the farmers. He said China and Japan also give subsidies to their farmers.

Regarding the Swaminathan Committee report, he said the purpose of MSP is that a farmer doesn’t run out of business.

Asked about “de-centralisation” related to agriculture, he said that it is not possible as long as electricity and water are kept free.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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