Mumbai, Jan 11 (PTI) Maharashtra government has
decided to give additional financial incentives of Rs 200 per
quintal than the minimum support price sanctioned by the
Centre for paddy for 2016-17 sowing season."The decision will provide big relief to paddy growers
who are burdened by cost of production," state Agriculture
Minister Pandurang Phundkar said.He said the Centre has sanctioned a support price of
Rs 1,470 per quintal for average quality paddy and Rs 1,510
per quintal for A Grade paddy for 2016-17 season."The Central government has decided not to provide
additional price, but paddy growers were facing financial
burden on account of increase in the cost of paddy production.The state government came to the rescue of paddy growers and
decided to give additional incentives of Rs 200 per quintal,"
he added.Phundkar said the additional incentives will be
available to a limit of 50 quintal paddy per farmer and will
be disbursed to them through crossed cheques."The incentives will be given against paddy purchased
during the period from October 24, 2016 to March 31, 2017.Necessary sanctions are accorded for the supplementary
expenditure of Rs 66 crore for this purpose," Phundkar said.