60.67 lakh farmers benefitted from KMS procurement process with MSP value of 90502 Cr.

New Delhi: During the current Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21, the government has continued to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops on MSP from farmers as per their current Minimum Support Price (MSP) schemes, as done in the previous seasons.

Paddy Procurement for Kharif 2020-21 Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal As in states/union territories, it operates smoothly. More than 479.35 lakh MT of paddy has been procured this year (as of 30.12.2020) as compared to 387.15 lakh MT in the previous year, registering an increase of 23.81% over the previous year period. Out of the total procurement of 479.35 lakh MT, Punjab alone has contributed 202.77 lakh MT, which is 42.30% of the total purchase.

Currently, under the ongoing KMS procurement operation, paddy worth Rs 90502.23 crore has been purchased and about 60.67 lakh farmers have been benefited.

In addition, 51.66 lakh metric tonnes of pulses under the Price Support Scheme (PSS) from the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh for the Kharif Marketing Season 2020 based on the proposal from the states And approval was granted for the purchase of oilseeds. In addition, the purchase of 1.23 lakh metric tonnes of copra (perennial crop) was also approved for the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Approval will also be given for pulses, oilseeds, and copra on receipt of proposals for purchase from another state / UTs under PSS so that the notified MSP for the year 2020-21 in case the market rate falls below the MSP during the notified crop period. On the basis of these, FAQ grades of these crops can be procured by the Central Nodal Agencies through designated procurement agencies on behalf of the State directly from the registered farmers in the respective States / Union Territories.

As of 30 December 2020, the government through its nodal agencies has procured 251633.79 MT of moong, urad, groundnut pods and soyabean with an MSP value of Rs 1346.76 crore, taking 1,35,813 of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana and Rajasthan. Farmers have benefited.

Similarly, 5089 MT of copra (perennial crop) has been procured at an MSP value of Rs 52.40 crore till 30 December 2020, benefiting 3961 farmers from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu as compared to 293.34 MT copra purchased during the same period last year. Was. In terms of copra and urad, rates in most major producing states are higher than the MSP. The Governments of the respective State / Union Territory Governments are making necessary arrangements in respect of Kharif crop pulses and oilseeds to start procurement from the date fixed by the respective states on the basis of inward.

The procurement process of seed cotton (cotton) under MSP is going smoothly in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka. As of 30 December 2020, 7322391 cotton bales have been purchased, valued at Rs 21461.67 crore, benefitting 14,31,227 farmers.