The government has said that nearly 24 lakh paddy farmers have been benefitted from the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season Procurement Operations with MSP outflow of over 52 thousand 781 crore rupees.
Agriculture Ministry in a statement said that paddy procurement for Kharif 2020-21 is continuing smoothly in the procuring States of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.
It said, so far, over 279 Lakh Metric Tonnes of paddy have been procured against the last year corresponding purchase of 230.52 Lakh Metric Tonnes. It shows an increase of 21.27 per cent over last year. Out of the total purchase of over 279 Lakh Metric Tonnes, Punjab alone has contributed 194.63 Lakh Metric Tonnes which is 69.62 per cent of total procurement.
The Ministry said, based on the proposal from the States, approval was accorded for procurement of over 45 Lakh Metric Tonnes 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.