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The Pocket Book of Agricultural Statistics begun in 2013 as a quick reference guide for all the essential data relating to agricultural sector. This year's pocket book takes forward the continuous endeavor towards improving ready access to key data on agriculture and allied sector. The pocket book includes updated information on key indicators of agriculture and allied sector. In addition, this has been enriched with the status on various new initiatives of the Government, viz., Soil Health Card Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), micro irrigation, etc.

With increasing farm distress in the wake of falling farm prices in 2017, the State Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) came out with an innovative scheme called Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana (BBY), a price deficiency payment (PDP) scheme, to support farmers.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Crops Covered Under MSP, 20/03/2018. The prices of agricultural produce are determined by supply and demand conditions in the market on a day to day basis. The prices of Agricultural produce tend to fall after the harvest season due to increase in market arrival of new crop in a lumpy manner. The MSPs and all India average monthly wholesale prices of major agricultural commodities are given at Annexure. The wholesale prices of Kardiseed and Sunflower seed have remained below MSP during 2014-15 to 2017-18.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Growth Rate in Agriculture Sector, 02/01/2018. The details / estimates on Gross State Value Added (GSVA) for Agriculture and Allied Sector are compiled and released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) with the coordination of the States/UTs in the country. The State-wise details of the latest GSVA for agriculture & allied sector (at constant 2011-12 prices) and its rate of growth are given at Annexure- I (A) & Annexure- I (B) respectively.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on MSP for Agricultural Produce, 19/12/2017. Government has increased the MSPs of various agricultural produces for 2017-18 season. Details are at Annexure. There is no further proposal for this year in this regard.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Increase in Minimum Support Price, 19/12/2017. For Rabi crops 2017-18, the Government has increased the MSP of wheat to Rs. 1735 per quintal in 2017-18 as compared to Rs. 1625 per quintal in 2016-17. For Barley, MSP has been increased to Rs. 1410 per quintal for 2017-18 from Rs. 1325 per quintal in 2016-17. For Gram the MSP has been increased to Rs. 4400 (including a bonus of Rs. 150 per quintal) for 2017-18 from Rs. 4000 per quintal in 2016-17. For Masur, MSP has been increased to Rs. 4250 per quintal (including a bonus of Rs.

The fourth volume of the Report of the Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income (DFI) examines the status and reforms needed in the agricultural marketing system. A clear differentiation is proposed between the system that facilitates marketing of agricultural produce and the modes to connect the produce to markets.

India needs an investment of Rs 6,399 billion for doubling farmers’ real income by 2022-23 say these reports of the interministerial committee on doubling farmer’s income released by the Ministry of Agriculture

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has said in an audit report on the Food Corporation of India (FCI) that more than 4.72 lakh tonnes of wheat valued at Rs700.30 crore got damaged in Punjab till March 2016 due to delay in implementation of the private entrepreneur scheme which was expected to increase the storage capacity of foodgrains

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Compensation for Farmers for Damaged Crops, 04/08/2017. Government announces every year the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for twenty two (22) major agricultural crops and Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) for Sugarcane on the recommendation of the Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP), views of State Governments, Central Ministries/Departments and other relevant factors. In addition, MSP for Toria and De-Husked coconut is fixed by the Department on the basis of MSPs of Rapeseed/Mustard and Copra respectively.

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