The Directorate of Economics and Statistics (DES), an attached office of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, collects, disseminates and publishes statistics on diverse facets of agriculture and related sectors required for policy formulation by the Government. Over the years, a number of initiatives have been taken to bring about improvement in the coverage, quality and timely availability of these statistics. Recent years have witnessed growing emphasis on the need to bring about necessary changes and refinements in the existing system to make it capable of coping with the challenges posed by emerging policy issues in a more open economy.
the various functions of the DES, the most well known is perhaps
the one relating to Minimum Support Prices (MSPs), which are fixed on the
basis of the recommendations made by the Commission for Agricultural Costs
and Prices. The most important factor considered by the CACP in making its
recommendations on MSPs for different crops is the cost of
cultivation/production for which the data base is provided by the DES
through its plan scheme on cost of cultivation. The relevance and
significance of MSP is linked to production and prices. Advance
information on the production of different crops therefore assumes
considerable importance. Similarly monitoring of the price movements in
both the domestic and international markets is equally important in
relation to the MSP regime. A sound database on different facets of
agriculture is important both for the formulation of policy and the
evaluation of its effectiveness in achieving the desired goals. The Plan
Schemes of DES seek to serve this purpose.
keeping with the need to adopt a holistic approach to the implementation
of individual schemes with inter-related objectives, it has been proposed
to merge the on-going plan schemes into three broad umbrella schemes.
The details of these schemes , with special reference to the
component schemes, are given below.
Studies on Inputs for Agricultural Economic Policy and Development.
This umbrella scheme seeks to create and maintain data base
for studies/reports/research aimed at providing inputs for agricultural
policy and development.
Comprehensive Scheme for Studying the Cost of Cultivation of
Principal Crops in India.
The Comprehensive Scheme for studying the Cost of
Cultivation of Principal Crops in India is being implemented since 1970-71
as a 100% Central Sector Plan Scheme on the basis of recommendations made
by the Standing Technical Committee on Indices of Input Costs constituted
in 1967 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Ashok Mitra. The main objectives of
the scheme are as follows:-
collection and compilation of field
data on cost of cultivation and cost
of production in respect of 29 crops
estimation of crop-wise and state-wise
costs of cultivation and production, and
computation of the indices of terms of
trade between agriculture and non-agriculture sectors.
The estimates of cost of Cultivation are used by
Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices( CACP) for recommending
Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) of 25 crops. Directorate of Economics &
Statistics (DES) in the Ministry of Agriculture gets this study conducted
through 16 Agricultural/General Universities/Colleges besides the
Directorate of Tobacco Development. Under
this scheme, the field data pertaining to the cost of cultivation/ cost of
production are collected, compiled and tabulated by different Implementing
Agencies. The data are checked, corrected, validated and analysed to
generate crop-wise and state-wise cost estimates by DES before these are
passed on to the CACP to be used as data base for recommending the MSPs of
various agricultural commodities to the Government of India.
The cost estimates generated under the scheme are also used
for policy formulation by the Central Government and State Governments,
and others including Agricultural/General Universities, Government /
Non-Government Research Organizations, and individual researchers. In
addition, the data are also used for working out the Index Numbers of
Terms of Trade between Agriculture and Non-agricultural Sectors.
The scheme is being implemented in 16 states, namely,
Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh,
Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan,
Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The scheme covers 29 crops
,namely, paddy, wheat, jowar, bajra, maize, ragi, barley, moong, urd,
arhar, gram, masur, groundnut, rapeseed/ mustard, nigerseed, soyabean,
sunflower, sesamum, cotton, jute, sugarcane, VFC tobacco, onion, potato,
ginger, tapioca, areacanut, coconut and black pepper.
The field data under the scheme are collected on the Cost
Accounting Method under which daily entries of debit/credit for the
expenditure/income are made in order to assess the total cost
incurred/benefit accrued by/ to each farmer covered under the scheme. The field data are collected by the field-men.
The detailed questionnaires are filled up/updated on monthly/annual
basis after making enquiries on a daily basis from 10 farm holdings which
consist of 2 each from 5 different size classes i.e. upto 1 hectare, 1-2
hectares, 2-4 hectares, 4-6 hectares and above 6 hectares allotted to each
During the 9th Five Year Plan an expenditure of Rs.687700 thousand was incurred under the scheme. The actual expenditure during 2000-01 and 2001-02 was Rs.138500 thousand and Rs.189500 thousand respectively. An allocation of Rs. 985000 thousand has been proposed for the 10th Five Year Plan. Out of total allocation of Rs. 185800 thousand for the year 2002-03, an amount of Rs. 77600 thousand has already been released by September, 2002 as the first installment of grant-in-aid. The scheme is proposed to be implemented on block grant basis from 2003-04.
No specific activities are undertaken for the women and for the
North-Eastern States under this Scheme as it is meant for collection and
compilation of data on cost of cultivation and cost of production of
agricultural crops. In the North- Eastern Region, the scheme is in
operation in Assam only through the Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat
for which an amount of Rs. 5800 thousand has already been released during
the year 2002-03 out of an allocation of Rs. 11500 thousand. The
proportional contribution of principal crops to the national total
production by other North-Eastern States is not significant enough for
conducting study in these States.
Agro-Economic Research Scheme
The Agro-Economic Research Scheme was initiated in 1954-55 for undertaking research studies on agro-economic problems in the country. The Scheme is being implemented through 12 Agro-Economic Research Centres, and 3 Regional Centres, which are fully funded by Non-Plan funds. These Centres have been established to take up problem -oriented studies on regional basis with a view to generate the requisite feedback from the grass-root level, the ways and means for improving the effective monitoring of various programmes/schemes implemented by the Ministry to cover the entire country. Three Units undertake studies mainly on inter-regional or all India level. During 2001-02, 54 of such studies were completed and during 2002-03, 40-50 number of such studies are proposed to be completed. On an average, about 40-50 research studies are got prepared annually from these Centres concerning economic policy on agriculture, animal husbandry, water management and allied areas. Budget Estimates of Rs. 16000 thousand as Central Sector Plan and Rs. 44800 thousand as non-Plan have been provided during 2002-03 for the implementation of the scheme.
1.3 Planning & Management of Agriculture
economy has undergone significant structural changes over the years since
independence. From the point of view of the farm economy, the most
significant change seems to have been the transformation of Indian
agriculture during this period. The farming community in India responded
to the challenges posed by growing population and contributed
substantially to raise agricultural production and productivity in the
country. However, there has been no systematic attempt to assess the
impact of these changes on the farm economy, with focus on the state of
the Indian farmers. Keeping this in view, a Central Sector Scheme “
Planning & Management of Agriculture” was formulated during 1998-99
which provides for incurring expenditure on organization of
consultations/workshops with eminent agricultural experts/scientists etc.,
sponsoring studies on status of policies/regulations, for engagements of
consultants for preparation of new decentralized strategy for development
of crops, animals, dairy, poultry, irrigation, soil and water conservation
etc. and bring out studies/ papers/reports based on the recommendations of
the workshops/consultations etc.
The scheme also includes the cost of Millennium Study on the state of Indian Farmers, which would form the basis for policy formulation based on a long-term perspective. This study has been planned to be conducted in three phases, which would be implemented under the overall guidance of a Technical Committee and supervision of a Steering Committee of experts appointed for the purpose. Phase I of the study will bring out a series of status papers on various aspects of agriculture impacting the farmers, on the basis of existing data sources and research material, essentially for the purpose of bench marking. The output of this phase would provide a historical perspective of last 50 years of agricultural development in the country to the planners. A country wide survey with the farmer as a focus is planned for Phase II. Phase III of the Study would be concentrating on analysis of the conditions of the farmers as a consequence of past macro policies and programmes based on the ground truth which would be provided by Phase II.
As far as current status of the Study is concerned, phase-I of the Study is nearing completion. During this phase, 26 studies focusing on the themes based on sectoral division of agriculture have been commissioned. A mid-term review seminar for presentation of these studies was organised in January 2002. On the basis of the feedback received in the mid-term review, a seminar for discussion of final papers is to be organised in Delhi in February 2003. It is also proposed to publish the revised papers through a reputed publisher in the form of a compendium, which would give an outline of the developments in agriculture during the last 50 years with farmers as the main focus.
The work on Phase-II viz. Situation Assessment Survey has started. This survey is being conducted by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO). Department of Agriculture and Cooperation is to meet the entire cost of the Survey, which is expected to be around Rs.90000 thousand The work for planning of the survey and designing of the schedule (Survey Questionnaire) has already been completed. The actual fieldwork of interviewing the farmers has commenced in January 2003 and is expected to be completed in January 2004.
During the year 2002-03, a budget provision of Rs.112500 thousand
has been earmarked for this Scheme against an expenditure of Rs. 56200
thousand during the year 2001-02. During
2003-04, the Scheme is proposed to be merged under the common umbrella
scheme “Studies on Inputs for Agricultural Economic Policy and
Strengthening of Agricultural Statistics & Agricultural Policy
The budget provided for the scheme during the year 2002-03 is Rs. 17500 thousand. The objective of this scheme is to strengthen the system of agricultural statistics and policy formulation by strengthening the research techniques and upgrading of skills of personnel involved in the compilation and analysis of data. During the year 2002-03, a National Workshop on Improvement of Agricultural Statistics was held on 26-27 June 2002 which was inaugurated by Shri J.N.L. Srivastava, Secretary (Agriculture & Cooperation). The workshop was attended by a large number of representatives from Ministry of Agriculture, Central Statistical Organisation, National Sample Survey Organisation, Department of Space, Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, State Governments, Research Institutions like IASRI and State Agricultural Universities. The Workshop discussed various issues including the need to reduce the divergence in successive estimates of crop production, increased application of remote sensing technology in agriculture sector, new methodologies for estimation of fruit and vegetable production and estimation of small area statistics. The workshop also discussed the recommendations of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) on the agriculture statistics, and it was agreed that States would take appropriate action in the matter.
This Directorate has brought out the annual publication
“Agricultural Statistics at a Glance” in June 2002.
This is a very useful publication and is used as a compendium for
data on almost all important aspects of Indian Agriculture by planners,
agricultural scientists and research scholars.
The scope of the latest issue has been enlarged by including
sections on horticulture and plantation crops as well as a few new tables
on State-wise poverty line, time series data on annual growth rates in
agriculture, commodity-wise and year-wise exports/imports, key economic
indicators, etc. The various
Sections in the publication have been made more reader friendly.
This publication is widely circulated and highly appreciated by
Improvement of Agricultural Statistics.
The Agriculture Statistics Improvement (ASI) Division in the
DES has the responsibility to look after the implementation of Plan
schemes dealing with the collection/improvement of agricultural
statistics. Up to the end of the IX Plan, the
ASI Division was handling the implementation of the
three on-going Centrally Sponsored Schemes, namely (i) Timely
Reporting Scheme, (ii) Improvement of Crop Statistics, (iii) EARAS and one
Central Sector Scheme, namely, Crop
Estimation on Fruits and Vegetables. However, for the Xth Five Year Plan,
as recommended by the Planning Commission, an Umbrella Scheme,
“Improvement of Agricultural Statistics” was formulated by combining
the above- mentioned four schemes of IXth Plan. The earlier four plan
schemes have now become the components of the umbrella scheme with no
change in any of the basic parameters. The component-wise details are
given as under.
Estimation Survey of Fruits, Vegetables and Minor Crops
This component before merger with Umbrella scheme was a Centrally
Sponsored Plan Scheme of the 9th Five Year Plan. This is being
implemented since the Sixth Plan to generate estimates of area and
production of fruits, vegetables and minor crops in the country. The
component is presently being implemented in 11 States and a total of 14
crops are covered: 7 each of fruits and vegetables. The methodology
developed by the Indian Agriculture Statistical Research Institute, is
being used for generation of these estimates. Budget Estimates of Rs.
40000 thousand has been provided for the year 2002-03 under this
The different fruits and vegetables which are being covered are: apple, mango, citrus, pineapple, grape, banana, guava, potato, onion, cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, ginger and turmeric. The component is being implemented in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
Timely Reporting of Estimates of Area and Production of Principal
objective of this component is to obtain estimates of area and production
of principal crops, in each season, with a break up of area under
irrigated/unirrigated and traditional/high yielding varieties of crops on
the basis of priority enumeration conducted in a sample of 20 per cent of
villages by a specific date. The States are required to furnish these
estimates by 30th November for Kharif Crops and by 30th
April for Rabi crops. These estimates are used for generating advance
estimates of production of principal crops. This component is being
implemented in 16 land record States and also Union Territories of Delhi
and Pondicherry. The component has funding pattern on 50:50 basis between
the Central Government and the State Governments. The estimates of area
and production of principal crops for Kharif and Rabi seasons for the
agricultural year 2001-02 have been received from all the implementing
States/Union Territories under the component. The performance of the
component of the main scheme namely Improvement of Agricultural Statistics
is also being closely monitored through Quarterly Progress Reports and
Seasonal Progress Reports. The Budget Estimates of 2002-03 have provided
Rs. 42500 thousand as the share of the Central Government.
Improvement of Crop Statistics
This component was also an on going Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the 9th Five Year Plan, before it got merged into the umbrella scheme. The objective of this component is to improve the quality of statistics of area and production of crops through supervision and monitoring. Under this scheme, a sample check of area enumeration and crop cutting experiments of 10,000 villages and approximately 31,000 experiments at harvest stage are undertaken. These samples are equally shared by the Central Agency, i.e. National Sample Survey Organization and the State Agricultural Statistical Authorities. These checks specifically relate to (I) Enumeration of crop wise area covered in the selected villages as recorded by the Patwari, (ii) Total of the area under each crop recorded in Khasra Register of villages and (iii) Supervision of crop cutting experiments at the harvest stage. This component is being implemented in all those 16 States where Timely Reporting component is in operation. The Budget Estimates of Rs. 28500 thousand has been provided under this component during 2002-03. The performance of the component is also being closely monitored through Quarterly and Seasonal Progress Reports.
of An Agency for Reporting of Agricultural Statistics
This component is being implemented in the permanently settled States of
West Bengal, Kerala, Orissa and North Eastern States of Nagaland, Sikkim
and Arunachal Pradesh. Under this component, an agency has been
established in these States for generating estimates of area and
production of principal crops and land use statistics, on the basis of
complete enumeration of 20 per cent villages in each year. Budget
Estimates of Rs. 95000 thousand has been
provided during 2002-03 under this component. The performance is
being closely monitored through Quarterly and Seasonal Progress Reports.
3. Forecasting and Remote Sensing
Application in Crop Husbandry
schemes that come under this umbrella strive to reap the benefits from
space technology in crop forecasting. The purpose is to use this
technology to cross
check and validate data from all other existing/available sources so as to
reduce the time lag and increase reliability in the forecasting of area
and production under different crops.
Acreage and Production Estimation (CAPE)
is a Central Sector Scheme. It was initiated during the 7th
Five Year Plan as one of the components of the scheme named ‘Remote
Sensing application mission for agricultural application’ (RSAMAA). The
scheme was initially monitored by the crops division, but later on was
transferred to DES. The scheme is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture
and operated by the Dept. of Space, Ministry of Science and Technology,
Govt. of India. The scheme aims at the application of space Technology for
estimating crop acreage and yield at least a month before the actual
harvesting of crops. In this process, the scheme enables development and
upgradation of methodologies in consonance with state of art RS technology
and sensor capabilities for crop inventory assessment at different
geographical units. As the
advance estimates of area and production of crops are required for taking
policy decisions on
procurement storage and pricing measures, remotely sensed data has an
immense potential in the timely monitoring of the crop acreage and
production at district/group of districts/regional levels due to its wide
area synoptic coverage using the Remotely sensed data at the peak
vegetative stage of crops, it is possible to give pre harvest estimates of
crop acreage at the right time.
Crop Forecasting Centre (NCFC)
The NCFC is a
Central Sector Scheme. It was initiated at the end of the year 1998 with
two fold functions;-
i) Periodic crop forecasting for major crops and
Coordination and assimilations of various methodologies and
technical advancement relating to crop forecasting.
functions of NCFC are:
a) Providing the effective unified institutional framework for the entire crop forecasting system in the country involving data flow, assimilation, analysis and dissemination of statistics.
b) Periodic crop forecasting for major crops through assimilation of information generated by the different Organizations such as IMD, Medium Range Weather Forecasting of Department of Science & Technology, Department of Space (DOS), Central Statistical Organization (CSO), Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI), Field Operations Division of the National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) and the SASA’s, State Agriculture Departments etc.
c) Coordination and assimilation of various methodologies and technical advancement relating to crop forecasting.
d) Central level monitoring of the situation about crop, weather, supply of inputs, pests/diseases and related aspects through the mechanism of Crop & Weather Watch Group in the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation.
e) Providing a forum for the Standing Technical Committee on Agricultural Statistics to review and monitor the development of the methodologies for crop forecasting in particular and Agricultural Statistics in general, which has already been constituted as a follow up of the recommendation No. 8 of the Expert Group.
f) During the 9th Plan, the professional posts envisaged for NCFC could not be created and NCFC operated by ad-hoc deployment of professionals with a truncated mandate.
The budget provided for NCFC during the year 2002-03 is Rs. 800
Data Dissemination Standards
also an on-going Central Sector Plan Scheme in the DES. Under this scheme, quarterly estimates of agricultural
production are generated for use in the compilation of Quarterly National
Accounts by the Central Statistical Organisation.
The scheme has been undertaken in order to meet the obligations
concerning supply of data to the International Monetary Fund.
The estimates of quarterly crop production generated are being
furnished to the Central Statistical Organisation.
In the absence of direct data, quarterly production is estimated by
using the estimates of Kharif and Rabi seasons in conjunction with crop
calendar. During 2002-03,
quarterly estimates of agricultural production are being generated as per
prescribed time schedule and furnished to the Central Statistical
to improve upon the quality of quarterly estimates by way of refining the
estimation procedure and cross validation of results, available data from
other sources such as National Sample Survey Organisation and Agriculture
Marketing Division are also being used.
This is a staff-oriented scheme and Revised Estimates for 2002-03
amount to Rs. 925 thousands.
Livestock Census is being conducted in the country since 1919-1920
quinquennially with expanded coverage and scope over the years.
The 15th livestock Census was conducted with reference
date 15.10.1992 while the 16th one was conducted with reference
date 15.10.1997. The report on the 16 th Census is under preparation.
Up to 1998-99, the scheme was under the Centrally Sponsored pattern
of 50:50 ratio for the Centre and States.
From 1.4.1999 (1999-2000) this scheme has been converted into a
Central Sector Scheme with 100% central grants to States and UTs. In order
to finalise the instructions, methodology, schedule and time frame of work
in respect of the 17th livestock Census a Technical Committee
has been set up on 17th September 2002. Following a decision
taken by the Planning Commission the Scheme of Livestock Census has been
transferred to the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying.
Livestock Census consists of the following four parts namely:
1. Livestock Census of all bovine, ovine animals including dogs and Rabbits also, with bread-wise and District/Talky-wise Rural and Urban brake-up.
2. Poultry all kinds.
3. Agricultural Machinery and Implements.
Fisheries all kinds.
Intelligence and Price Analysis
The DES also collects and compiles wholesale and retail prices, international prices and market arrivals of essential commodities on weekly/monthly basis from 700 centres and 87 centres respectively spread all over the country. Out of these price quotations, about 216 quotations are being disseminated through Email to the Office of Economic Adviser, Ministry of Industry, for construction of wholesale price index numbers on weekly basis. The price quotations collected are also disseminated in the form of weekly bulletins. Besides, daily wholesale prices of some important agricultural products, in respect of Hapur, Hathras and Delhi are also being supplied to All India Radio for broadcasting.
order to disseminate various available agricultural statistics, etc. the
Directorate of Economics and Statistics brings out a number of
publications. The list of the
latest editions of these publications is given below:
1. Agricultural Situation in India-Monthly—
2. Krishi Sameeksha (Hindi) –Monthly—
3. Agricultural Wages in India.
4. Farm Harvest Prices of Principal Crops in India.
5. Indian Agricultural in Brief-27th edition.
6. Bulletin on Food Statistics.
7. Year Book of Agro Economic Research Studies.
8. Agricultural Statistics at A Glance 2002.
9. All India Index Numbers of Area, Production and Yield of Principal
10. Land Use Statistics at A Glance.
11. Indian Agriculture Ready Reckoner.
12. District-wise Area and Production of Crops in India.
13. Index of Agricultural Production, Area and yield.
14. Report and Data Base of Pilot Schemes on Major Fruits and Vegetables.
15. Cost of Cultivation of Principal Crops.
Agricultural Prices in India.
7. Activities in North Eastern Region
The following schemes are
being implemented in the North Eastern Region:
Timely Reporting Scheme on Estimates of Area and Production
of Principal Crops is being implemented in Assam.
An amount of Rs.1500 thousand has been provided during 2002-03.
The scheme of Improvement
of Crop Statistics is also being implemented in Assam with an
allocation of Rs.500 thousand during 2002-03.
The Scheme of Establishment of an Agency for Reporting of
Agricultural Statistics is being implemented in Arunachal Pradesh,
Nagaland and Sikkim with the allocation of Rs. 2000 thousand during
The scheme of Livestock Census is also being implemented in
all North Eastern States with the allocation of Rs.1000 thouasnd during
The scheme on Studying the Cost of Cultivation of Principal Crops
is also being implemented in Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat with
the allocation of Rs11500 thouand during the year 2002-03.·
The scheme of Agro-Economic Research is also being
implemented in Assam through Assam Agricultural University
with the allocation of Rs.3900 thousand during 2002-03.
Pricing for Agricultural Commodities.
objective of the Government’s price policy for agricultural produce is
to ensure remunerative prices to the growers for their produce with a view
to encouraging higher investment and production and to safeguard the
interests of consumers by making available supplies at reasonable prices.
The price policy seeks to evolve a balanced and integrated price
structure in the perspective of the overall needs of the economy. To
achieve this end, the Government announces, each season, minimum support
prices for major agricultural commodities and organizes purchase
operations through public and cooperative agencies such as Food
Corporation of India (Paddy, Wheat and Coarse Cereals), Jute Corporation
of India(Jute). Cotton Corporation of India(Cotton), National Agricultural
Cooperative Marketing Federation of India(NAFED)(Pulses and Oilseeds) and
Tobacco Board(Tobacco) besides other agencies designated by the State
Government decides support prices for various agricultural commodities
after taking into account the recommendations of the Commission for
Agricultural Costs and Prices, views of State Governments and Central
Ministries as well as such other relevant factors, which in the opinion of
the Government are important for fixation of support prices.
The Government has
already announced Minimum Support Prices for Kharif Crops of 2002-03
Season. Keeping in view the recommendations of Commission for Agricultural
Costs and Prices (CACP), the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) of paddy,
coarse grains (Jowar, Bajra, Maize and Ragi), Arhar, Cotton, Copra and
Soyabean have been retained at last year’s level.
The MSPs of Moong, Urad, Sunflowerseed have been raised by Rs.10
per quintal. The MSP of Groundnut-in-shell has been increased by
quintal. As compared to previous season, the MSPs of Nigerseed and
Sesamum have been raised by Rs.20 and Rs.50 per quintal
respectively. The MSP of Jute has been raised by Rs.40 per quintal as
compared to last year. In
addition, the Government has announced Special Drought Relief Prices (SDRP)
for kharif marketing season 2002-03 based on the recommendations of CACP
which took in to account the losses suffered by farmers in un-irrigated
areas and additional expenditure incurred by the farmers in irrigated
areas. The SDRPs announced by the Government are intended to benefit
farmers in drought hit areas. These range between Rs.5 and Rs.20
per quintal for major agricultural commodities. These prices do not
form a part of MSP and would be by way of relief and not by way of any
The price policy
pursued by the Government has paid rich dividends by way of increased
production, investment and also helped in generating exportable surpluses
in respect of certain agricultural commodities.
The MSPs fixed for major agricultural commodities in recent years alongwith Special Drought Relief Prices for Kharif Crops of 2002-03 season are shown in the enclosed statement.
The price policy for Rabi crops of 2002-03 to be marketed in 2003-04 season is, at present, under consideration of the Government.