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Chief Minister requests Prime Minister to fix Minimum Support Price for paddy
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Chief Minister requests Prime Minister to fix Minimum Support Price for paddy

Writes detailed letter explaining reasons

Hyderabad, September 19, 2007

The Chief Minister, Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy on Wednesday urged the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh to fix minimum support price for paddy on par with wheat with effect from this Kharif season. In a detailed letter to the Prime Minister, he explained that the cost of production of paddy was more than that of wheat. He said that paddy in general requires more water, additional labor charges on transplantation and de-weeding. Even pesticides used for paddy would cost more to the farmer than wheat. All this is apart from the addition expenditure that the farmer incurs.

In his letter, Dr. Reddy said that the paddy farmers are facing severe crisis in terms of price realization for their produce. In this backdrop, fixing of minimum support price of Rs.850 for wheat and Rs.620 for common grade and Rs.650 for fine grade paddy per quintal was highly discriminatory and without rational basis.

Meanwhile, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N Chandrababu Naidu urged the Prime Minister to enhance the minimum support price for paddy on par with wheat and see that procurement of paddy by Food Corporation of India (FCI) for Public Distribution System was streamlined.

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