Rajnath seeks PM’s intervention for relief to sugarcane farmers

President_Rajnath_SinghNew Delhi :  BJP president Rajnath Singh Sunday sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to get pending payments of sugarcane farmers released and ensure that sugar mills get on with crushing in cane producing states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Referring to the data of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) on wheat and rice, the BJP chief argued that MSP has increased nominally compared to the cost of production.

On the WTO ministerial meeting at Bali, he said the proposed “peace clause” would exempt subsidies “in excess of 10 percent of limit for a period of just four years”.

Total subsidy under the Food Security Act may exceed the 10 percent limit in the very first year, he noted, adding that the total subsidy basket would further go up as MSP and procurement cost rise in the coming years.

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