Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices

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Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices
Agency overview
FormedJanuary 8, 1965; 54 years ago (1965-01-08)
Preceding agency
Agency executive

Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) is a decentralised agency of the Government of India. It was established in 1965[2] as the Agricultural Prices Commission, and was given its present name in 1985.[3] It is an attached office of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India.


The commission was established to recommend Minimum Support Prices (MSPs), to motivate cultivators and farmers to adopt the latest technology in order to optimise the use of resources and increase productivity.[3][4]


Currently, the Commission consists of[5] -

  • a Chairman
  • Member Secretary
  • one Member (Official)
  • two Members (Non-Official)

The non-official members are representatives of the farming community and usually have an active association with the farming community.


As of now, CACP recommends MSPs of 23 commodities:

  • 7 cereals (paddy, wheat, maize, sorghum, pearl millet, barley and ragi),
  • 5 pulses (gram, tur, moong, urad, lentil),
  • 7 oilseeds (groundnut, rapeseed-mustard, soyabean, sesame, sunflower, safflower, nigerseed), and
  • 4 commercial crops (copra, sugarcane, cotton and raw jute).


  1. ^ "Current Chairman and Members".
  2. ^ "Ther resolution passed for the creation of the commission".
  3. ^ a b "The Commission of Agricultural Costs & Prices Organisation". Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Cane farmers association urges government to fix minimum support price for sugar". TET. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Composition of CACP". Retrieved 19 April 2019.