New Delhi: According to a press communication from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, in the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21, the Government continues to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops at its MSP from farmers as per its existing MSP schemes.
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs declared that 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 (J&K), Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Bihar with purchase of 374.81 LMTs of paddy up to 12th December, against the last year corresponding purchase of 309.57 LMT showing an increase of 21.07 % over last year. Out of the total purchase of 374.81 LMT, Punjab alone has purchased 202.77 LMT till the close of procurement season in the state on 30th November which is 54.10% of total procurement in the country.
About 40.9 lakh farmers have already benefited from the ongoing KMS procurement operations with MSP value of Rs. 70,764.66 crore, stated the Consumer Affairs Ministry.
Based on the proposal from the states, approval was accorded for procurement of 48.11 LMT of pulse 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, 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. For other states/UTs, approval will also be accorded on receipt of proposals for the procurement of pulses, oilseeds and copra under PSS, so that procurement of FAQ grade of these crops can be made at 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 12th December, the Government through its Nodal Agencies has procured 1,54,423.46 MT of moong, urad, groundnut pods and soyabean having MSP value of Rs. 829.57 crores, benefiting 87,024 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, and Rajasthan.
Similarly, 5,089 MT of copra (the perennial crop) having MSP value of Rs. 52.40 crore has been procured, benefiting 3,961 farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, up to 12th 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/UT 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 Consumer Affairs Ministry stated that 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 12th December, a quantity of 48,20,208 cotton bales valued at Rs. 13,93,952 crore has been procured, benefiting 9,31,183 farmers.
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