Centre always ready for talks with farmers: Thakur

New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday reiterated that the Central government is always ready for talks with protesting farmers.

Speaking to the media here, the minister said, “We were ready for talks earlier, are ready even today, and will be ready to discuss their issues even in the future.”

He further highlighted the steps taken by the government to double farmers’ income and achieve higher growth in the agriculture and allied sectors.

“The government has doubled the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and increased procurement by more than two times,” he said.

“India is paying the highest price for sugarcane in the world. And the price fixed is 107% higher than the A2 plus formula for sugarcane. A2 includes all the expenses incurred by the farmers for buying chemicals, fertilisers, seeds, and hired labour, while A2 plus FL covers the actual cost incurred plus the implicit cost in the form of family labour,” he said while highlighting the Cabinet’s decision to hike the fair and remuneration price for sugarcane for the season 2024–25 by 8% to Rs 340 per quintal.

“Despite the increase in the prices of fertilisers across the world, we did not allow the prices of fertilisers to increase for the farmers,” he further said, adding that the government gave subsidies up to Rs 3 lakh crore to ensure that fertilisers are made available to farmers at reasonable rates.

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