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Low wheat MSP hike makes farmers livid

Wheat growers of Punjab and Haryana are unhappy with the Centre's decision to hike MSP for wheat by just Rs 50 for the 2014-15 season, saying the new prices were ‘grossly inadequate’ to meet even the input cost.

Rejecting the hike, farmers questioned the intentions of the central government on the issue of giving remunerative prices to farmers for food grain crop.

‘The hike of just Rs 50 per quintal in wheat MSP was completely inadequate and it is not going to even compensate farmers' input cost,’ Bhartiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) President Balbir Singh Rajewal said on Thursday.

The Centre had on Wdnesday raised the minimum support price for wheat by a nominal Rs 50 to 1,450 a quintal to encourage farmers to cover more area under the crop in the ongoing rabi season. Rajewal accused the BJP-led Centre of failing in honouring its promise of implementing Swaminathan Commission report during the Lok Sabha polls.
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