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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, to ease farmers’ woes, has sought an increase in the MSP (minimum support price) of rabi crop for 2019-20 from the Central government.

The state Agriculture Department on the CM’s directives has come up with a detailed proposal in the MSP increase of barely from Rs 1,440 per quintal in 2018-19 to Rs 1,974 in 2019-20 and wheat from Rs 1,840 to Rs 2,710 per quintal.

Submitted to the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices, the proposal also seeks a hike in the MSP of mustard and rapeseed from Rs 4,200 to Rs 5,384 per quintal and of gram from Rs 4,620 to Rs 5,631 per quintal.

Amarinder said that the hike was important for promoting crops such as gram, barley, mustard, rapeseed and to give the much-needed push for crop diversification, that would help tackle the problem of depleting groundwater table in Punjab.

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