Telangana Govt will mount pressure on Centre: Harish Rao

Telangana Govt will mount pressure on Centre: Harish Rao
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Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao said the TRS government would send an official team to New Delhi to mount pressure on the Centre to increase minimum support price (MSP) to groundnut. Responding to a question raised by the Congress member Challa Vamshichand Reddy during the question hour on Friday,

Hyderabad: Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao said the TRS government would send an official team to New Delhi to mount pressure on the Centre to increase minimum support price (MSP) to groundnut. Responding to a question raised by the Congress member Challa Vamshichand Reddy during the question hour on Friday, Harish Rao said the total arrivals of groundnut to the market was 4,88,826.63 quintals so far during the year 2015-16.

He said the farmers were getting the prices above the MSP for groundnut. While the MSP for groundnut is Rs 4,030 per quintal, the farmers were getting about Rs 5,800 to Rs 6000 per quintal, he added. Vamshichand Reddy said there was a need to increase the MSP of groundnut as the yield this year was as low as one-and-a-half quintal per acre as against four to six quintals per acre.

He said the farmers were selling their produce at Rs 4,030 but the same farmers were purchasing the seed at Rs 9,300 per quintal from the middlemen. He demanded that the government increase the MSP from Rs 4,030 to Rs 7,500 per quintal. Responding to it, Harish Rao said the government has decided to purchase groundnut from the farmers for seed sake. The government also decided to give good price to the farmers.

Further, the Irrigation Minister told that the government had decided to mount pressure on the Centre to hike the MSP on groundnut. Harish Rao held the Congress government responsible for the low MSP for groundnut. But Vamshichand asked the Minister not to politicise the issue as the Congress government had increased the MSP by Rs 1000 every year. But the present government was not keen on this issue. The Minister said the government would send a team to the Centre to mount pressure in this regard.

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