New Delhi: In the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21, the Government continues to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops at MSP from farmers as per existing MSP Schemes, according to a statement from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution issued on Monday, 28th December.
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, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal with purchase of over 456.79 lakh metric tonnes of paddy up to 27th December 2020. This is an increase of 24.74% against the last year corresponding purchase of 366.19 lakh MT. Out of the total purchase of 456.79 lakh MT, Punjab alone has contributed 202.77 lakh MT which is 44.39% of the total procurement.
According to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, about 56.55 lakh farmers have already benefited from the ongoing KMS procurement operations with MSP value of Rs. 86,242.83 crore.
Further, based on the proposal from the states, the Ministry stated that approval was accorded for procurement of 51.66 lakh MT 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 Price Support Scheme (PSS). Further, sanction for procurement of 1.23 lakh MT of copra (the perennial crop) for the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala was also given.
For other states/UTs, the Ministry stated that 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 27th December 2020, the Government through its Nodal Agencies has procured 2,35,753.71 MT of moong, urad, groundnut pods, and soybean having MSP value of Rs. 1,262.16 crores, benefiting 1,27,576 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 27th December 2020, 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 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 27th December 2020, a quantity of 67,67,701 cotton bales valuing Rs. 19,815.07 crore has been procured, benefiting 13,12,274 farmers.
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