Over one-third of the beneficiaries – 11.1 million farmers – were in Uttar Pradesh.
In major agri states like UP, Rajasthan and Gujarat, insurance companies have already settled 90 per cent of claims
Farmers who received first instalment will also get the second, which is due on April 1.
In a communication to all the principal secretaries of sugar-producing states, the ministry said mills must follow the Sugar Price (Control) Order, 2018, which directs them to sell sugar at the MSP.
The government so far has received data of 47.6 million eligible beneficiaries.
This has prompted farmers to sell their produce in the open market for better returns.
Officials said that it’s best to seek the EC view before new beneficiaries can be added after the election dates were announced.
The lower procurement by Nafed, however, has resulted in pulses being sold below MSP in the open market.
According to the second advance estimate, pulses production is likely to be 24.02 million tonnes, lower than the target of 25.95 million tonnes.
Foodgrain exports from India fell 5% during April-December 2018 to 9.7 million tonnes from 10.2 million tonnes a year ago.
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