MSP of Copra for 2015 season

MSP of Copra for 2015 season

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to increase the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Fair Average Quality (FAQ) of "Milling Copra" for 2015 season to Rs.5550/- per quintal. This is an increase of Rs.300/- per quintal over the previous year’s MSP. The MSP of "Ball Copra" for 2015 season will be Rs.5830/- per quintal. This is an increase of Rs.330/- per quintal over the previous year’s MSP. The approved prices are as per the recommendations by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).

The MSPs of Copra are expected to ensure appropriate minimum prices to farmers and step up investment in coconut cultivation and thereby production and productivity in the country.
The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (NAFED) would continue to act as the Central Nodal Agency to undertake price support operations at the MSP in coconut growing states.
In addition to NAFED, the Central Warehousing Cooperation (CWC), the National Cooperative Consumer Federation of India Limited (NCCF) and the Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) are also allowed to participate in procurement operations.
Use of Organic Fertilizers

Fertiliser (Control) Order, 1985 has been promulgated for regulation of quality of fertiliser. Four organic fertilizers namely City Compost, Vermicompost, Phosphate Rich Organic Manure and Organic Manure have been notified so far under the Fertiliser (Control) Order, 1985. No person shall manufacture/import for sale, sell, offer for sale, stock or exhibit for sale or distribute any organic fertilizer, which is not notified in the said Order, or not of standard prescribe in the said Order. State Governments check the quality of organic fertilizers by drawing samples and testing them in notified laboratories. During last two years three cases have been reported in Karnataka where persons were found selling organic fertilizers, which are not notified in the Fertiliser (Control) Order. Prosecution has been launched against the defaulters in the Court of Law.
Amendment in the Fertiliser (Control) Order, 1985 is a regular process and is done as and when required.
This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria in the Lok Sabha.
Hardships faced by Fishermen

The Government has received representations in this regard from some of the Coastal States of the country including Tamilnadu regarding issues such as infrastructure development, promoting species specific fishing in deep sea, subsidy under Central Government schemes, welfare scheme of traditional fishermen community.
The following steps have been taken for promotion of fisheries in the country including coastal states:
(1) Assistance is provided to all States/ UTs for overall development of fishery sector as well as for the benefits of the fishermen community by various schemes of Government of India viz (i) Development of Marine Fisheries, Infrastructure and Post Harvest Operations (ii) Development of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture (iii) Strengthening of Database and Geographical Information System and (iv) National Scheme of Welfare of Fishermen.
(2) Guidelines for fishing operations in Indian Exclusive Economic Zone has been simplified and streamlined.
(3) Assistance is provided under the various schemes administered by Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA).
This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in the Lok Sabha.
MSP for Cotton
During the current Cotton season 2014-15, prices of Cotton are below MSP in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra. Details of market prices of Cotton in the major Cotton growing States are as under:
(Rs. Per Quintal)
 Ruling Prices

A.P. & Telangana
North Zone (Punjab/ Haryana/Rajasthan
J34 (Hyb.)/

Domestic Cotton prices depend on a number of factors including previous balance, current supply, current as well as future demand for cotton in both domestic and international markets. At present, Cotton prices in international markets are ruling lower than the prices that prevailed during the corresponding period last year primarily due to lower demand by China and increased supply from the USA.
            The Cotton Corporation of India Limited (CCI) has initiated action for procurement of Cotton from the growers at the Minimum Support Price in 341 centres located in 92 Districts in 11 Cotton growing States.
           There is no proposal to increase the MSP of Cotton.
This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria in the Lok Sabha.
Assistance for Horticulture
The Government has approved the following interventions viz;
(i)         Enhancement of ceiling of seed subsidy to partially recompense the farmer for the additional expenditure incurred in re-sowing and/or purchasing appropriate varieties of seeds in drought notified/deficit rainfall districts.  Accordingly, revised seed subsidy valid till 31.3.2015  is as follows:-
(ii)        Implementation of drought mitigating interventions on perennial horticulture crops with an additional allocation of Rs.700 crore under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH);
Revised subsidy (Rs./Qtl)*
Rice Hybrid
Rice High yielding variety seeds(HYVs)
Wheat  HYVs`
Coarse Cereals Hybrid
Coarse Cereals HYVs
Pulses HYVs
Oilseed Hybrid
Oilseed HYVs
 *  or 50% of cost  whichever is less
(iii)       Implementation of Additional Fodder Development Programme (AFDP) as a sub-scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY).
(iv)       Waiver of duty on import of de-oiled soya extract, groundnut oil cake, sunflower oil cake, canola oil meal, mustard oil cake, rice bran and palm kernel cake to increase availability of animal feed ingredients.
This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in the Lok Sabha.
Availability of Foodgrains
            The per capita net availability of foodgrains for the year 2011, 2012 and 2013 is given below:-
Per Capita Availability of Foodgrains
(Grams per day)
Other Cereals
(P) Provisional
            Fluctuations in per capita net availability are mainly due to fluctuations in production on account of variations in weather conditions, increasing population, change in stock etc.
            Government implements various programmes/schemes viz. Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) etc. with the objective of increasing production and productivity of rice, wheat and other crops.  In addition, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and State Agricultural Universities (SAU) have developed a number of improved varieties/hybrids of foodgrain crops to enhance production and productivity of food crops.
            Government has also taken steps for increasing investment, improving farm practices, rural infrastructure and delivery of credit, technology and other inputs, extension, marketing etc. to improve agriculture production and productivity.  Other measures taken by the Government include incentivisation through higher Minimum Support Prices of agricultural commodities, increase in credit flow to agriculture sector, interest subvention on crop loans etc.
            In addition, Government imports various agricultural commodities to augment their domestic availability.
This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria in the Lok Sabha.
Kisan Call Centres

Kisan Call Centres (KCCs) have been established at 14 locations in the country to provide extension support on telephone to farmers in all States and Union Territories using a nation-wide toll free number 1800 180 1551. This number is accessible through all mobile numbers of all telecom networks as well as land lines from 6.00 AM to 10.00 PM on all 7 days a week.
The Government has identified IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL) as Service Provider of Kisan Call Centre Scheme. IKSL has deployed 376 Farm Tele Advisors (FTAs) to respond to the farmers’ calls.
The Kisan Call Centres are equipped with the state of the art technology having a number of new features viz. Internet Protocol Private Branch Exchange (IPPBX), redundant Internet bandwidth, 100% call recording/ call replay, call barging, voice mail service during call waiting or when KCC is not working and SMS to caller farmers giving a gist of reply given by KCC.
Apart from responding to farmers queries the KCCs also facilitate their registration for availing the SMS services in agriculture and allied areas. Farmer can give up to 8 choices for his preferred crops/activities. This also includes activities under Animal Husbandry, Fisheries & Dairying in addition to Agriculture & Horticulture. Language choice of the farmer is also being taken regarding SMS advisories. Preference of the farmers for receiving market price of selected markets all over the country at desired periodicity with respect to the crops preferred by him is also registered at the KCCs.
The existing 14 Kisan Call Centers are serving the needs of farmers in the entire country. However, the State-wise call flow is being closely monitored at these KCCs. As and when calls increase beyond a threshold in a particular State, decision regarding setting up of a new Kisan Call Center in that State will be taken.
This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria in the Lok Sabha.
Agricultural Schemes
            The Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC) is implementing a number of schemes namely, Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National Food Security Mission (NFSM), National Mission of Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP), National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET), National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), Integrated Scheme on Agriculture Marketing (ISAM), Integrated Scheme on Agriculture Cooperation (ISAC), Integrated Scheme on Agri-Census & Statistics (ISAC&S),  National Crop Insurance Programme (NCIP), and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY), for development of agriculture and welfare of farmers.
            Various initiatives taken by DAC have resulted in increase in food-grain (including rice, wheat and pulses) production from 230.78 Million Tonnes in 2007-08 to 264.40 Million Tonnes in 2013-14.
The major food grain wise production position during the last three years is as under :-       
(in Million Tonnes)
* as per 4th Advance Estimates
            Except crop insurance schemes, most of the programmes are meant for group of farmers in a cluster or a locality. Funds are released to State Governments for implementation as per norms.
This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in the Lok Sabha.
Soil Testing
Soil Testing and distribution of soil health cards is a dynamic process carried out by the State Governments.
The State Governments are advised time to time to enhance their soil testing capacity by seeking assistance under existing schemes namely; National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and also to employ skilled staff in their laboratories.
Alongwith details of soil fertility, farmers are advised on seed variety, irrigation,crop pest and disease management etc. in order to optimize production.
The Government proposes to launch ‘Soil Health Card’ scheme to provide farmers with information on soil analysis and recommendation on appropriate dosage of nutrients to be applied for cultivation of various crops. Soil health card for all farm holdings in the country is proposed at 3 years intervals so as to ensure that farmers apply the required amount of nutrients to their crops.
This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria in the Lok Sabha.

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