New Delhi: Paddy procurement for Kharif 2020-21 is continuing smoothly in the procuring States & UTs of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Karnataka, West Bengal and Tripura with purchase of over 690.51 LMTs of paddy up to 17.03.2021, said Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution in a press release on Thursday.
“This is an increase of 14.89 % against the last year corresponding purchase of 600.99 LMT. Out of the total purchase of 690.51 LMT, Punjab alone has contributed 202.82, LMT which is 29.37% of total procurement.”
About 100.32 Lakh farmers have already been benefitted from the ongoing KMS procurement Operations with MSP value of Rs. 1,30,368.35 Crore, the release said.
“Upto 17.03.2021, the Government through its Nodal Agencies has procured 3,40,629.30 MT of Moong, Urad,Tur,Gram, Groundnut Pods and Soyabean having MSP value of Rs.1,825.62 Crores benefitting 1,91,247 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan under Kharif 2020-21 & Rabi 2021.”
Similarly, 5089 MT of copra (the perennial crop) having MSP value of Rs.52.40 crore has been procured benefitting 3961 farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu upto17.03.2021. The respective State/UTs Governments are making necessary arrangements for commencement of procurement from the date as decided by the respective States based on the arrivals of Pulses and Oilseeds, added the release. (PR)