The price at which the government procures common rice variety was increased by Rs 200 a quintal, about a 13% hike over last year's price of Rs 1,550 per quintal. The MSPs of coarse cereals that include jowar, bajra and ragi have seen hefty increases of up to Rs 900 a quintal. The current MSP of ragi is Rs 1,900 a quintal, the Business Standard
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“Historically, growth in private final consumption expenditure (PFCE) relates well with growth in non-durable goods with a ratio of about 1-1.2 times on an average. Therefore, going forward, with the nominal GDP expected to be at 12.5%, and private final consumption expenditure expected to be at around 12-13%, CARE Ratings expects the FMCG industry to register a growth of about 14-16% in FY19,” CARE Ratings said in recent report.
The Government of India has also been supporting the rural population with higher minimum support prices (MSPs), loan waivers to farmers and disbursements through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) programme. These arrangements have empowered the rural masses and increased their purchasing power, thus boosting FMCG consumption, added report.