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The Directorate of Economics and Statistics brings out its flagship publication “Agricultural Statistics at a Glance” every year. The publication is widely used as a trusted source of information on various aspects of agriculture and allied sector, including crop production and productivity, growth and investment in agriculture, minimum support price, cost of production, terms of trade, imports and exports, land-use statistics, agricultural inputs, rainfall distribution, etc.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on MSP of Crops, 18/12/2018. Details of number of farmers benefited from procurement of kharif crops at minimum support price (MSP) from 2015-16 to 2018-19 is given in this document.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Increase in MSP, 11/12/2018. Government generally increases the MSPs of all notified crops which provide adequate return over cost of production. Government has increased MSPs substantially for all mandated crops for the season 2018-19. This decision of the Government was a historic one as it fulfills the commitment to the farmers to provide 50 per cent return over cost of production for the first time for all mandated crops. Details of MSP, cost and percent return over cost for 2016-17, 2017-18 & 2018-19 is given at Annexure.

Agriculture and allied sectors provide employment to close to half of the workforce of the country and contribute about 17 per cent of national income. Among the ten major sectors of Indian economy the contribution of agriculture is highest both in employment as well as in value added output.

The fourteenth volume of the Report of the Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income (DFI) is a compilation of the various subject matter recommendations, which are detailed in the previous Volumes. The recommendations are presented theme-wise where possible, with timelines indicated, to guide the implementing parties.

Even as it remains to be seen whether the government will be able to successfully implement its promise of buying all crops from farmers at a minimum support price (MSP) equal to 1.5 times their A2+FL costs, or make deficiency payments based on the MSP if they can’t procure the crop, the latest report from Nabard—All India Rural Financial Inclus

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.