Fact check: No shred of truth in photo announcing Rs 525/quintal premium for wheat farmers

A screenshot from a TV report claims that the Center has announced a premium of Rs 525/quintal for wheat farmers. The India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) found the claim in the post to be misleading.

A screenshot from a TV report claims that the Center has announced a premium of Rs 525 per quintal for wheat farmers. (Photo: India Today/Arpit Basu)

A screenshot of a TV report claiming the Union Government has announced a bounty for wheat farmers has been doing the rounds on social media.

Many have shared ABP News helping hand That said, “The Modi government is taking a big decision regarding wheat farmers.” He also said, “Wheat farmers will receive a premium of Rs. 525 per quintal” and “Low wheat production led to the decision”.

The screenshot from the TV report also featured a photo of Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar.

The India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) found the claim in this post to be misleading. The Union government has not announced a bounty for wheat growers. The screenshot has been digitally altered.

AFWA PROBE

While investigating the claim, we first searched for news reports on bounties announced by the government for wheat farmers. However, we couldn’t find anything relevant.

A Trade Standards Report dated September 8, 2021, said the government has increased the minimum support price (MSP) for wheat by 2.03% for the 2022-23 financial year.

From Rs. 1,975 per quintal in 2021-22, the MSP increased to Rs. 2,015 per quintal for the financial year 2022-23.

The Press Information Office issued a press release regarding this announcement on the same date.

SOURCE OF VIRAL IMAGE

We did a reverse search of the image and found a Youtube channel called “Anaj Mandi Expert” had used it as a thumbnail for a video he shared on March 16, 2022.

The video made the same claim mentioned in the thumbnail but did not cite a source. He also did not indicate how farmers could benefit from this premium. The comments section of the video was filled with people refuting this claim.

We also couldn’t find any such report on the ABP News website or YouTube channel.

Thus, we have concluded that the photo making the rounds on social media contains a misleading claim.

(With contributions from Yash Mittal)

Fact check

ClaimThe Center announced a bonus of Rs 525 per quintal for wheat producers.ConclusionThe Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has made no such announcement. ABP News has not published such a report either. The screenshot appeared digitally altered. It was used as a thumbnail for a YouTube agricultural news channel.

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  • 1 Raven: Half True
  • 2 Crows: mostly lies
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