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BHOPAL: Chief Minister Kamal Nath announced an incentive of Rs 160 to farmers on per quintal wheat purchase. The minimum support price of wheat currently is Rs 1,840 per quintal and the government would buy the produce at Rs 2,000 per quintal.

The incentive of Rs 160 would also be given to those farmers who would sell their produce at Mandi and it would not be imperative to the farmers to sell their wheat to government agencies to get the incentive.

During BJP government, former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had decided to give a bonus of Rs 265 per quintal. The MSP of wheat then was Rs 1735 per quintal.

Stating that Centre and the state government have their respective contributions in Bhawantar Yojana, Nath said, “The state government is trying to get around Rs 1000 crore released from the Centre, so that the state government, after adding its contribution, could disburse the amount to farmers.

Even if the Central government does not release the fund, the state government would make full payment of Bhawantar to the farmers, he added.

Chief Minister said BJP government had announced giving Rs 500 per quintal flat as Bhawantar on Soyabean and Corn without making provisions in the budget. “The previous BJP government merely made declarations in the hope of getting funds from the Centre,” said Nath alleging that they misled the farmers by issuing orders in connection with Bhawantar on Soyabean.

“The previous BJP government had made announcement about Bhawantar on Corn but the Centre has not yet given its sanction on it,” claimed Nath. “Due to anti-farmers attitude of the Centre, the farmers of the state were not getting all benefits, however, despite this the state government would extend all benefits to the farmers.”

Nath also said that the difference between average model selling price and minimum support price of Bhawantar on corn would be raised to Rs 250 per quintal and it would be given to the farmers.

Money sent to 25L farmers’ accounts

CM Kamal Nath said due loan amount was transferred to 25 lakh farmers under Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana . The farm loan waiver process would continue until all beneficiaries are covered, he added.

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