Uday Deolankar, former divisional statistician with the government of Maharashtra, on Tuesday said the Narendra Modi government could not express its commitment towards minimum support price (MSP) is the main problem behind the farm bill.
In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Deolankar said, "It feels that the food bowl of India is agitated, not all Indian farmers are reacting. The bill is prepared by the marketing division of the agriculture department, the government of India, and it is not by the branch which deals with MSP. Farmers are agitated because the main beneficiaries are the people from Punjab, Haryana, and UP. 70 percent of the total central pool of our food comes from this area. The farmers are mostly benefited in the MSP scheme are from these region."
"The bill in my knowledge is for commodities which are perishables. We must put more efforts in purchasing the commodities, we must put more investments in purchasing those commodities, we must search for new horizons, and new markets for these commodities," he said.
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