MSP Operations during Kharif Marketing Season 2020-21

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In the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21, Government continues to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops at its MSP from farmers as per its existing MSP Schemes, as was done in previous seasons.

Paddy procurement for Kharif 2020-21 is continuing at a good pace in the procuring States and UTs of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Jammu Kashmir, Kerala and Gujarat with purchase of over 170.53 LMTs of paddy upto 27.10.2020 against the last year corresponding purchase of 134.85 LMT showing an increase of 26.46 % over last year. Out of the total purchase of 170.53 LMT, Punjab alone has contributed 114.97 LMT which is 67.42 % of total procurement.

About 14.37 Lac farmers have already been benefitted from the ongoing KMS procurement Operations with MSP value of Rs. 32195.69 crore.

Further, based on the proposal from the States, approval was accorded for procurement of 45.10 LMT of Pulse and Oilseeds of Kharif Marketing Season 2020 for the States of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh under Price Support Scheme (PSS). Further, sanction for procurement of 1.23 LMT 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.

Upto 27.10.2020, the Government through its Nodal Agencies has procured 2306.41 MT of Moong, Urad and Groundnut Pods having MSP value of Rs.14.13 Crores benefitting 1697 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana. Similarly, 5089 MT of copra (the perennial crop) having MSP value of Rs. 52.40 crore has been procured benefitting 3961 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 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 in respect of Kharif Pulses and Oilseeds.

Procurement operations of seed cotton (Kapas) under MSP are going on  smoothly in the States of Punjab Haryana, Rajasthan  and Madhya Pradesh. Till 27.10.2020 a quantity of 442266 cotton bales valuing Rs.129951 lakh has been procured  benefitting  84138 farmers.






    Source PIB