Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal welcomed the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approving the increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for all Kharif crops for 2018-19. Sonowal said that the move would give a major boost for the farmers’ income.
The chief minister said, “The decision of the cabinet committee of Economic Affairs is a historic one and it reflects the government’s commitment to increase farmers’ income and ensure public welfare”.
The government’s decision redeems the promise of the pre-determined principle of fixing the MSPs at a level of at least 150 percent of the cost of production announced by the Union Budget for 2018-19.
Stating that the union government’s move would significantly contribute in farmers’ income, Sonowal said that the CCEA’s approval would help in realizing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
The Chief Minister further said that farmer-friendly initiatives of the union government such as launching Mobile App for ‘Crop Insurance’, developing a pan India electronic trading platform under National Agriculture Market, issue of soil health card, promotion of organic farming under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, Pradhan Mantra Krishi Sinchai Yojana, introduction of dedicated online interface e-KrishiSamvad would significantly contribute in increasing farmers’ income in the country.