Union Cabinet Approves Hike in MSP for Copra for 2018 Season


New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Fair Average Quality (FAQ) of ‘Milling Copra’ to Rs. 7500 per quintal for 2018 season from Rs. 6500 per quintal in 2017. The MSP for FAQ of ‘Ball Copra’ has been increased to Rs. 7750 per quintal for 2018 season from Rs. 6785 per quintal in 2017.

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 the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP). CACP, an expert body, 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.