KHARIF crops procurement continues as per MSP

Low procurement: Early kharif crop prices below support price levels - The  Financial Express

IN addition to giving options to the farmers to sell their produce at higher prices, Government continues to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops at the  Minimum Support Price as in the previous years. There is no question of doing away with MSP as per the recently enacted legislations related to the agriculture sector, said officials. The Paddy procurement for Kharif Marketing Season 2020-21 is going on smoothly in the procuring States and Union Territories of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir with purchase of over 62 Lakh Metric Tonnes of paddy from 5.33 lakh farmers with MSP value of 11 thousand 7 hundred 85.68 Crore rupees. Based on the proposal from the States, approval was accorded for procurement of over 41 Lakh Metric Tonnes of Pulse and Oilseeds for Kharif Marketing Season 2020 for the States of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. Further, sanction for procurement of 1.23 Lakh Metric Tonnes of Copra the perennial crop for the State of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala was also given. Through its Nodal Agencies Govt has as of October 14  procured 686.74 Metric Tonnes of Moong and Urad having MSP value of 4.94 Crore rupees benefitting 639 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Haryana. Similarly, 5089 Metric Tonnes of copra having MSP value of 52.40 Crore rupees has been procured benefitting 3 thousand 9 hundred 61 farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In respect of Copra and Urad, rates are ruling above MSP in most of the major producing States. The State and UTs Governments are making necessary arrangements for the commencement of procurement from the date as decided by the respective States based on the arrivals in respect of Kharif Pulses and Oilseeds.
The Procurement of seed cotton Kapas during Kharif Marketing Season 2020-21 has started from 1st of this month and cumulative procurement by the Cotton Corporation of India has reached a quantity of 89 thousand 5 hundred 92 bales under MSP for a value of 25 thousand 3 hundred 99.18 lakh rupees benefitting 18 thousand 6 hundred 18 farmers. The total foodgrain output in the Kharif season of 2020-21 crop year is estimated at a record 144.52 million tonnes as against 143.38 million tonnes in the previous year. However, the output of Nutri cereals is estimated to decline to 32.84 million tonnes as against 33.69 million tonnes in the previous year the government has renamed jowar, bajra, ragi and other millets as “Nutri Cereals”. These were earlier called “coarse cereals”. … There has been a demand to declare these crops as Nutri Cereals to boost its demand and allow farmers to get higher prices. Courtsey to financialexpress.com

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