NEW DELHI, 14 June 2021: Procurement of wheat in ongoing Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2021-22 is continuing smoothly in the procuring States and till now (upto 13.06.2021) a quantity of over 42.57 million tonnes (MT) of wheat has been procured (which is all time high, as it has exceeded previous high 389.92 LMT of RMS 2020-21).
About 4.75 million farmers have already been benefitted from the ongoing RMS procurement operations with minimum support price (MSP) value of INR 84,089.77 crore.
During the same period last year corresponding purchase of 37.84 MT of wheat was purchased from the farmers.
Procurement of wheat in Himachal Pradesh has also reached the highest level with procurement of 13,040 metric tonnes while it’s procurement period has just concluded on 10 June 2021.
Paddy procurement in the ongoing season Kharif 2020-21 is continuing smoothly in the procuring States with purchase of 82.66 million tonnes of paddy (includes Kharif Crop 70.70 MT and Rabi Crop 11.96 MT) up to 13.06.2021 against the last year corresponding purchase of 74.31 MT.
About 12.22 million farmers have already been benefitted from the ongoing KMS procurement Operations with MSP value of INR 156,061.84 crore. Paddy procurement has also reached at all time high level, surpassing previous high of 77.34 MT in KMS 2019-20.
Further, based on the proposal from the States, approval was accorded for procurement of 10.78 MT 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 metric tonnes 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 to13 June 2021, the Government through its Nodal Agencies has procured 796,118.47 metric tonnes of Moong, Urad, Toor, Gram, Masoor, Groundnut Pods, Mustard Seed and Soyabean having MSP value of INR 4,157.59 crores benefitting 473,140 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana and Rajasthan under Kharif 2020-21 & Rabi 2021.
Similarly, 5089 metric tonnes of copra (the perennial crop) having MSP value of INR 52.40 crore has been procured benefitting 3961 farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu during the crops season 2020-21. For the season 2021-22, sanction for procurement of 51000 metric tonnes 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.