No MSP at Delhi's largest Narela Mandi

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 4/8/2021 11:40:03 AM

New Delhi, Apr 7 Once again, it's harvest season! Crops are ready, and farmers are bringing them to the wholesale markets. Amid the farmers' protest, there is a major hue and cry over the price which farmers are getting after selling off their products. The government and even the prime minister had assured that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) is still there and there won't be any altercation with the provisions of MSP in the future as well. To know the status of providing MSP to the farmers for their wheat crop, India Today TV went to the largest Anaaj Mandi (food grain wholesale market) of Narela in North-West Delhi. Although these are still the early days for the arrival of wheat crop, we found many farmers. Most of them were either from Delhi or the nearby areas. India Today TV team went directly to shade number 01, where we found heaps of wheat being cleaned and getting packed for the sale. There were several farmers who were sitting under the shades. Representatives of several flour mills from the capital were there to purchase the wheat. The trucks were standing and loading the crops as well. Seemingly, everything was calm till our team arrived at the mandi. There were several middlemen present as well. When we started talking about the MSP which has been fixed at Rs 1,975 per quintal for wheat by the central government, middlemen told us that it is not applicable in this mandi. If any farmer wants to sell his crop at that price, they will have to go to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) godown. The farmers will get the MSP for their products if the quality of their product is up to the mark otherwise, they have to return here once again. When we asked their names, all of them dispersed quickly and sent us to the farmers who were sitting at some distance under the same shed. When we went to talk to the farmers, they began telling their own stories. Sukhbir from Ghogha village in Delhi, which is almost 2 km from the mandi, told us about his plight. He explained that he has almost 15 quintals of wheat to sell after he saved rest for the annual consumption.


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