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Sharp increase in paddy procurement

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The Central Government continues to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops at its MSP from farmers. Paddy procurement is continuing smoothly in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh with purchase of over 279.56 lakh tonnes up to November 14, against the last year corresponding purchase of 230.52 lakh tonnes, showing an increase of 21.27 %. Out of the total purchase of 279.56 lakh tonnes, Punjab alone contributed 194.63 lakh tonnes, which is 69.62% of the total procurement.

Approval was also accorded for procurement of 45.10 lakh tonnes of pulses and oilseeds for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh under Price Support Scheme. The sanction for procurement of 1.23 lakh tonnes of copra for Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala was also given.

As on November 14, the government, through its nodal agencies, has procured 58602.68 tonnes of Moong, Urad, Groundnut Pods and Soyabean in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana and Rajasthan as against the last year corresponding purchase of 33976.48 tonnes, which is an increase of 72.48 % for pulses and oilseeds.

Similarly, 5089 tonnes of copra having MSP value of Rs.52.40 crore has been procured benefitting 3961 farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu till November 14,  as against the last year’s corresponding purchase of 293.34 tonnes.

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