Maharashtra: Rs 500/quintal bonus for paddy farmers

Nagpur: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced that paddy farmers in the state will get a bonus of 500 per quintal for the crop. Till last year, the government was giving a bonus of 200 per quintal for paddy, the key kharif crop.

“The previous government gave bonus only around the time of elections. But, the BJP-led government gave 200 bonus per quintal for paddy crop every year, irrespective of polls,” Fadnavis said addressing a gathering at Sakoli taluka in Bhandara district on Saturday.

“There is a demand for a hike in paddy crop bonus. The government has decided to increase the bonus from 200 to 500 per quintal,” he added. To woo distressed farmers ahead of the general election, the NDA government at the Centre had last year hiked the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy by a sharp 200 per quintal for the 2018-19 crop year.

With that decision, the MSP of paddy (common grade) was increased to 1,750 per quintal. Meanwhile, Fadnavis also said no lease will be recovered for fishing in lakes up to 500 hectare area. Also, fishing contracts will be allocated only to fishing cooperative societies, he said.

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