“So far, 96% of the total rice procurement of 3.72 million tonnes have come from Punjab and Haryana. Farmers are coming to mandis in large number in these two states to sell their produce at MSP,” said a food ministry official.
He said that agitations by various farmer groups in these states have little impact on procurement operations. The government has strengthened its procurement operations in a bid to reiterate its commitment towards government purchase at MSP.
“We started procurement exercise four days before the schedule date of October 1. The purchase has been close 200% more than last year during this period in Punjab and Haryana, which contributes around 30% to the central pool of rice,” the official said.
The official said that the procurement will further step up when purchase starts in major rice producing states like West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where harvest hits the market later.
“We have disbursed more than 10,000 crore so far benefitting over 5 lakh farmers. Currently, rice is being procured from Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu besides Punjab and Haryana,” the official said.
The government has set target of procuring 49.7 million tonnes rice in this kharif season - around 18% more than record procurement of 42 million tonnes in kharif 2019-20.
“Leading states in terms of estimated procurement of rice are Punjab (11.3 million tonnes), Chhattisgarh (6 million tonnes) and Telangana (5 million tonnes) followed by Haryana (4.4 million tonnes), Andhra Pradesh (4 million tonnes), Uttar Pradesh and Odisha at 3.7 million tonnes each,” the official informed.
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