New Delhi: The Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21 is here and the Government continues to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops at its MSP from farmers as per its existing MSP Schemes. According to a statement from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, paddy procurement for Kharif 2020-21 has progressed smoothly in the procuring States & UTs of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Bihar with purchase of over 336.67 LMTs of paddy up to 5h December against last year’s corresponding purchase of 279.91 LMT. This shows an increase of 20.27 % over last year. Out of the total purchase of 336.67 LMT, Punjab alone has purchased 202.77 LMT till the close of procurement season in the state on 30th November 2020, which is 60.23 % of total procurement in the country.
About 32.92 lakh farmers have already benefited from the ongoing KMS procurement operations with MSP value of Rs. 63,563.79 crore, according to the Ministry.
The Ministry said that based on the proposal from the States, approval was accorded for the procurement of 45.24 LMT of pulses and oilseeds of Kharif Marketing Season 2020 for the States of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, and Andhra Pradesh under the Price Support Scheme (PSS).
Further, the Ministry said that sanction for procurement of 1.23 LMT of copra (the perennial crop) for the States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala was also given, the Consumer Affairs Ministry stated. For other States & UTs, approval will also be accorded on receipt of proposals for the procurement of pulses, oilseeds and copra under the PSS so that procurement of FAQ grade of these crops can be made at the notified MSP for the year 2020-21 directly from the registered farmers, if the market rate goes below MSP during the notified harvesting period in the respective states & UTs by the Central Nodal Agencies through state-nominated procuring agencies.
Up to 5th December, the Ministry stated the Government, through its Nodal Agencies, has procured 130,619.34 MT of moong, urad, groundnut pods, and soyabean having MSP value of Rs. 702.21 crores which have benefited 74,613 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, and Rajasthan.
Similarly, 5,089 MT of copra (the perennial crop) having MSP value of Rs. 52.4 crore has been procured benefiting 3,961 farmers in Karnatakq and Tamil Nadu up to 5th December, as against the last year corresponding purchase of 293.34 MT of copra. In respect of copra and urad, rates are ruling above MSP in most of the major producing States. The respective state & UTs governments are making necessary arrangements for the commencement of procurement from the date as decided by the respective states based on the arrivals in respect of Kharif pulses and oilseeds, the Ministry added.
Procurement operations of seed cotton (kapas) under MSP are going on smoothly in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Karnataka. Till 5th December, a quantity of 38,32,259 cotton bales valuing Rs. 11,084.78 crore has been procured, benefiting 7,50,779 farmers, the Ministry declared.
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