Fact Check: Are Wheat Farmers Really Getting Bonus From Govt?

18 Apr, 2022 10:14 IST|Sakshi Post

According to a screengrab from a TV news report, the Centre has announced a wheat farmer bonus of Rs 525 per quintal. However, the claim made in the post was proved to be false.

Hyderabad: On social media, a screengrab of a TV news item saying the Union government promised a bonus for wheat farmers has been circulating.

Many people tweeted a screenshot from ABP News that said, "Modi government takes a big decision regarding wheat farmers." It also said, "Wheat farmers will receive a bonus of Rs. 525 per quintal," and that "Low wheat production led to the decision."

A photo of Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar was also included in the TV news report's screengrab.

It was discovered that the claim made in this post was false. Wheat farmers will not receive a bonus from the Union government. The image has been digitally manipulated.

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While looking into the claim, we first looked for news reports about government bonuses for wheat farmers. However, we were unable to locate anything significant.

According to a Business Standard report dated September 8, 2021, the government increased the minimum support price (MSP) for wheat by 2.03 per cent for the financial years 2022–23.

The MSP increased from Rs. 1,975 per quintal in 2021-22 to Rs. 2,015 per quintal in 2022-23.

On the same day, the Press Information Bureau issued a press release on the announcement.

Source of the Viral Image

We did a reverse image search and discovered that it was used as the thumbnail for a video published on March 16, 2022, by a YouTube channel called "Anaj Mandi Expert."

The video made the same claim as the thumbnail but did not provide any supporting evidence. It also didn't say how farmers could get this benefit. People refuted this claim in huge numbers in the video's comments section.

We couldn't discover any such report on ABP News's website or YouTube channel.

As a result, we concluded that the photo circulating on social media is fake.

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