NEW DELHI, 5 June 2021: India's ministry of consumer affairs, food & public distribution has procured over 80.52 million tonnes of paddy (includes Kharif crop 70.69 million tonnes and Rabi crop 9.82 million tonnes) up to 4 June 2021 during the ongoing season Kharif 2020-21.
During the same period last year corresponding year, the ministry has purchased 73.24 million tonnes.
About 119.42 Lakh farmers have already been benefitted from the ongoing KMS procurement Operations with MSP value of INR 152,022.37 Crore.
Procurement of Wheat in ongoing RMS 2021-22 is continuing smoothly in the procuring States at MSP, as was done in previous seasons and till now (up to 4 June 2021) a quantity of over 41.39 million tonnes of Wheat has been procured (which is all time high, as it has exceeded previous high 38.99 million tonnes of RMS 2020-21) against the last year corresponding purchase of 36.84 million tonnes. About 4.50 million farmers have already been benefitted from the ongoing RMS procurement operations with MSP value of INR 81,747.81 crore.
Pulses & oilseeds purchase
Further, based on the proposal from the States, approval was accorded for procurement of 10.78 million tonnes of Pulse and Oilseeds of Kharif Marketing Season 2020-21 & Rabi Marketing Season 2021 and Summer season 2021 for the States of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh under Price Support Scheme (PSS).
The sanction for procurement of 174,000 of Copra (the perennial crop) for the States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala was also given. For other States/UTs approval will also be accorded on receipt of proposals for procurement of Pulses, Oilseeds and Copra under PSS so that procurement of FAQ grade of these crops can be made at notified MSP for the year 2020-21 directly from the registered farmers, if the market rate goes below MSP during the notified harvesting period in the respective States/UTs by the Central Nodal Agencies through State nominated procuring agencies.
Up to 4 June 2021, the Government through its Nodal Agencies has procured 751,279.59 metric tonnes of Moong, Urad, Tur, Gram, Masoor, Groundnut Pods, Mustard Seed and Soyabean having MSP value of INR 3,928.50 crores benefitting 443,412 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana and Rajasthan under Kharif2020-21 & Rabi 2021.
Similarly, 5,089 MT of copra (the perennial crop) having MSP value of INR 52.40 crore has been procured benefitting 3,961 farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu during the crops season 2020-21. For the season 2021-22, sanction for procurement of 51,000 MT of Copra from Tamil Nadu has been given, against which procurement will be started from the date as decided by the State Government.
The respective State/UTs Governments are making necessary arrangements for commencement of procurement from the date as decided by the respective States based on the arrivals of Pulses and Oilseeds.