Paddy procurement crosses the figure of 97 lakh metric tonnes
Nearly Rs.19,875 crore paid to more than 22 lakh farmers
Paddy lifting for custom milling going on at a rapid pace; nearly 71 lakh metric tonnes of paddy has been lifted so far
Under the able leadership of Chief Minister Mr.Bhupesh Baghel, the mega campaign for paddy procurement is being run in Chhattisgarh. This paddy procurement campaign, which started on November 01, 2022, will continue till January 31 this year. Officials of the Food Department said that paddy procurement has crossed the figure of 97 lakh metric tonnes from the farmers on the support price in the state. In lieu of paddy purchase, Rs.19,875 crore has been paid to 22 lakh farmers of the state under the bank linking system.
On the initiative of the Chief Minister, like last year, paddy procurement is going on at a rapid pace this year as well. Similarly, the paddy thus procured is being lifted for custom milling. So far DO has been issued for the lifting of about 82 lakh metric tonnes of paddy out of 97 lakh metric tonnes of paddy procured so far, against which 71 lakh metric tonnes of paddy have been lifted by the millers.
Officials said that on January 13, 1.43 lakh metric tonnes of paddy has been procured from more than 34,480 farmers. Apart from this, 9000 tonnes of paddy have also been purchased from the farmers through tokens obtained online.
It is worth mentioning that this year 25.92 lakh farmers have been registered in the state including about 2.26 lakh new farmers. A total of 2616 procurement centers have been set up for paddy purchase at support prices in the state. Normal paddy is being bought at the rate of Rs.2040 per quintal and grade-A paddy at Rs.2060 per quintal. Similarly, a strict vigil is being kept on the paddy procurement system in the state. Goods carriers are being checked at check posts to prevent illegal transportation of paddy from border states.