Ahead of sowing, Kharif MSP revealed

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Ahead of sowing, Kharif MSP revealed

  • The Union Cabinet raised the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy by ₹100 a quintal for the Kharif season of 2022-23.
  • For Other kharif crops:
    • The rates for 14 crops have been increased in the range of 4% to 8%.
    • This is similar to the increase in MSP in 2021-22, which was in the range of 1% to 7%.


  • Indian agriculture had scaled new heights in the past eight years because of the beej se bazar tak (seed to market) vision.
  • The new rates had been announced before the beginning of the sowing season, for assured returns to the farmers and to boost their morale.
  • Paddy is the main Kharif crop, the sowing of which has already begun.

Fertilizer cause:

  • The present increase comes against the backdrop of spiraling input rates, especially due to a sharp increase in fertilizer rates.
  • The fertilizer subsidy bill had also simultaneously increased.
    • Doubled subsidy to unburden farmers in spite of the global increase in prices of fertilizers, this year, we are giving a subsidy worth ₹2.1 lakh crore.
  • The government is struggling to procure crops in the wake of a high demand because of global supply disruption.

Concerns of Farm unions:

  • The announcement did not generate positive sentiment among the farm unions.
  • All-India Kisan Sabha leader said that such incremental increase in prices would not make a difference.
  • Fertilizer costs are very high.
  • The fundamental problem still remained, that the MSP was not a statutory compulsion.
  • Only procures four crops and that too from select States.
  • Minimum bidding for the crop should begin from the MSP onwards.
  • Farmers are selling crops in the open market since they are getting better rates.
  • The increase for paddy, for example, from 2005-06 to 2013-14 was 130%, while the increase from 2014-15 to 2022-23, is 50%.

Prelims Takeaway:

  • MSP
  • Kharif crops
  • beej se bazar tak (seed to market) vision