The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Friday, has given its approval for increase in the minimum support price (MSP) for Fair Average Quality (FAQ) of “Milling Copra” increased to Rs 9521 per quintal for 2019 season from Rs 7511 per quintal in 2018 and the MSP of “Ball Copra” increased to Rs 9920 per quintal for 2019 season from Rs 7750 per quintal in 2018.
The MSP of copra is expected to ensure appropriate minimum prices to the farmers and step up investment in coconut cultivation and thereby production and productivity in the country.
The approval is based on recommendations of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP). CACP, an expert body, which takes into account the cost of production, trends in the domestic and international prices of edible oils, overall demand and supply of copra and coconut oil, cost of processing of copra into coconut oil and the likely impact of the recommended MSPs on consumers, while recommending the MSPs.
The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (NAFED) and National Cooperative Consumer Federation of India Limited (NCCF) would continue to act as central nodal agencies to undertake price support operations at the minimum support prices in the coconut growing states.