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Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for copra season 2023

  • IASbaba
  • December 29, 2022
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In News: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA has approved Minimum Support Prices for copra for 2023 season.

  • The MSP for fair average quality of milling copra has been fixed at 10 thousand 860 rupees per quintal.
  • MSP for ball copra has been fixed at 11 thousand 750 rupees per quintal.
  • This is an increase of 270 rupees per quintal for milling copra and 750 rupees per quintal for ball copra over the previous season.

Minimum Support Prices (MSP)

  • The MSP is the rate at which the government purchases crops from farmers, and is based on a calculation of at least one-and-a-half times the cost of production incurred by the farmers.
  • The Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP) recommends MSPs for 22 mandated crops and fair and remunerative price (FRP) for sugarcane.
    • CACP is an attached office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  • The mandated crops include 14 crops of the kharif season, 6 rabi crops and 2 other commercial crops.
  • In addition, the MSPs of toria and de-husked coconut are fixed on the basis of the MSPs of rapeseed/mustard and copra, respectively.
  • Support prices generally affect farmers’ decisions indirectly, regarding land allocation to crops, quantity of the crops to be produced etc
  • MSP assures farmers agricultural income besides providing a clear price signal to the market
  • The major objectives are to support the farmers from distress sales and to procure food grains for public distribution.
  • The government declares MSPs for crops, but there’s no law mandating their implementation 
  • MSP is devoid of any legal backing. Access to MSP isn’t an entitlement for farmers. They cannot demand it as a matter of right.
  • The Centre currently fixes MSPs for 23 farm commodities based on the CACP’s recommendations —
    • 7 cereals – paddy, wheat, maize, bajra, jowar, ragi and barley
    • 5 pulses – chana, arhar/tur, urad, moong and masur
    • 7 oilseeds – rapeseed-mustard, groundnut, soyabean, sunflower, sesamum, safflower and nigerseed
    • 4 commercial crops – cotton, sugarcane, copra and raw jute

Factors for Recommending the MSP:

The CACP considers various factors while recommending the MSP for a commodity:

  • Cost of production
  • Changes in input prices
  • Input-output price parity
  • Trends in market prices
  • Demand and supply
  • Inter-crop price parity
  • Effect on industrial cost structure
  • Effect on cost of living
  • Effect on general price level
  • International price situation
  • Parity between prices paid and prices received by the farmers
  • Effect on issue prices and implications for subsidy

Source: News on AIR

 

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