290.98 LMT of paddy been procured in ongoing Kharif season
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution on Thursday informed that the paddy procurement is progressing smoothly in Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2021-22 at minimum support price (MSP) from farmers. This was done in previous years and about 18.17 lakh farmers have been benefitted with an MSP value of Rs.57,032.03 crore.
The Ministry said that a quantity of 290.98 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of paddy has been procured in KMS 2021-22 up to November 30 in the procuring states/ UTs of Chandigarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Rajasthan, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Odisha, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh.
So far, the maximum procurement in the ongoing KMS season is done from Punjab (186 LMT) followed by Haryana (55 LMT) and Uttar Pradesh (12 LMT). The procurement in other states is also gaining momentum, the Ministry said.
Pertinently, in KMS 2020-21, at least 13113417 farmers have benefited with MSP value of Rs.168823.23 crore as of November 30, 2021, and procurement of 89419081 MT was done. With this, at least 1817379 farmers have been benefited with MSP value of Rs.57032.03. Kharif crops, monsoon crops, or autumn crops are domesticated plants that are cultivated and harvested during the monsoon season, which lasts from June to November depending on the area.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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