Cabinet approves MSP for raw jute for 2023-24 season

MANIKGANJ, Aug. 3, 2019 (Xinhua) — A laborer carries bundles of jute at a wholesale market in central Bangladesh’s Manikganj district on July 31, 2019. Jute is still considered the “golden fiber” in Bangladesh. The wholesale market, some 63 km northwest of capital Dhaka, is now abuzz with buyers and sellers as harvest of jute is going on. (Str/Xinhua/IANS)

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs  has given its approval for the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for raw jute for 2023-24 season, based on recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).

The MSP of raw jute (TD-3 equivalent to earlier TD-5 grade) has been fixed at Rs 5,050 per quintal for 2023-24 season. This would ensure a return of 63.20 per cent over the all India weighted average cost of production.

The announced MSP of raw jute for 2023-24 season is in line with the principle of fixing the MSP at a level of at least 1.5 times all India weighted average cost of production as announced by the government in the Budget 2018-19.

It assures a minimum of 50 per cent as margin of profit. It is one of the important and progressive steps towards ensuring better remunerative returns to the jute growers and to incentivise quality jute fibre, said officials.

The Jute Corporation of India (JCI) will continue as Central government nodal agency to undertake price support operations and the losses incurred, if any, in such operations, will be fully reimbursed by the Central government.

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