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New Delhi : In the ongoing season of Kharif 2020-21, purchase of 889.62 LMTs of paddy (includes Kharif Crop 718.09 LMT and Rabi Crop 171.53 LMT) was done till September 5, 2021, against the last year corresponding purchase of 764.39 LMT. There has been over 16% increase in paddy procurement compared to previous season.

This has benefitted about 130.47 lakh farmers from the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) procurement Operations with MSP value of Rs 1,67,960.77 crore. Paddy procurement has reached an all-time high level surpassing previous high of 773.45 LMT in KMS 2019-20, according to a PIB release.

Marketing Season RMS 2021-22 has concluded in wheat procuring States and till now (up to August 18, 2021) 433.44 LMT of Wheat has been procured (which is an all time high as it has exceeded previous high 389.93 LMT of RMS 2020-21) against the last year corresponding purchase of 389.93 LMT. About 49.20 lakh farmers have already benefitted from the ongoing RMS procurement operations with MSP value of Rs 85603.57 crore.

For the cropping year 2020-21 which includes Kharif 2020-21, Rabi 2021, and Summer 2021 seasons, the Government through its Nodal Agencies has procured 11,99,713.15 MT of Pulses and Oilseeds having MSP value of Rs 6,742.51 crore benefitting 7,02,368 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Odisha, and Rajasthan up to September 5, 2021.

Fresh crop arrivals of Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2021-22 season is expected soon. Based on the proposal received from Karnataka State, approval was accorded for procurement of 40,000 MT of Pulses under Price Support Scheme (PSS) during KMS 2021-22. 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 Kharif Marketing Season 2021-22 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 as done during previous years.

For the season 2021-22, sanction for procurement of 51,000 MT of Copra from Tamil Nadu has been given, against which 8.30 MT having MSP value of Rs. 0.09 crore has been procured benefitting 36 farmers in Tamil Nadu, up to September 5, 2021. 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 KMS 2021-22 of Pulses and Oilseeds crops.