Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on September 8 that approved an increase in the minimum support price (MSP) for 23 crops for the 2022-23 rabi marketing season. Primary among the designated crops are wheat, barley, gram, masur, rapeseed and mustard.However, the overall increase in the MSP when compared with last year for all the crops was only between 2 per cent and 8.6 per cent. Farmers were especially disappointed with the 2.03 per cent increase in the MSP for wheat, which translated into a Rs.40 hike, which they said was the lowest in 12 years.Prof. Sukhpal Singh, Principal Economist (Agricultural Marketing) of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), told Frontline that while the MSP was
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