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Paddy Procurement at support price to be commenced in Chhattisgarh from tomorrow

Paddy Procurement at support price to be commenced in Chhattisgarh from tomorrow

Raipur:
As per the announcement of chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, paddy procurement at
support price will be commenced in the state for the Kharif marketing year
2021-22 from December 1.

All
the necessary preparations for paddy procurement in this season have been
completed. In this Kharif year, paddy will be procured from about 22.66 lakh
registered farmers through 2,399 cooperative societies. The procurement of about
105 lakh metric tons of paddy is estimated this year. The state government has
given permission to open 88 new paddy procurement centers for the convenience
of the villagers and farmers.

Officials
of the food department informed that in Kharif marketing year 2021-22, State
Government would procure paddy from farmers at support price via cash and
linking from December 1, 2021, to January 31, 2022, whereas procurement of corn
would be done from December 1, 2021, to February 28, 2022. For Kharif Marketing
Year 2021-22, the support price for average good quality paddy (Paddy Common) has
been fixed at Rs 1940 per quintal, the support price for grade-A paddy at Rs 1960, and the support price for average good quality maize has been fixed at Rs
1870 per quintal.

Officials
informed that 5.15 lakh bales of gunny bags would be required to procure 105
lakh metric tons of paddy. The government of India has given consent to supply 2.14
lakh bales of new jute gunny bags to the state through the Jute Commissioner.
But the state has received only 86 thousand jute gunny bags so far through the
Jute Commissioner. Besides, about one lakh bales of gunny bags have been
arranged by the state government through fair price shops and millers and about
1.13 lakh bales of HDPE-PP have been arranged from the open market. Moreover, an
officer of the Indian Administrative Service has been appointed as OSD for tare
purchase, distribution, and regular coordination with central and other
officers. Also, the state government has given permission to the farmers to
sell paddy in their own gunny bags from the very first day of paddy
procurement.

Food
department officials further informed that nodal officers have been appointed
for the smooth and transparent operation of the paddy procurement system. The
process of paddy procurement and other related arrangements and problems will
be monitored by these nodal officers on a daily basis. To ensure that paddy is
procured only from the farmers of the state at procurement centers, the joint
team of the Police, Revenue, and Food Department is strictly monitoring the
sensitive areas at the borders of the state by putting up check-posts. The team
is taking strict action against the ones found guilty of transporting paddy
illegally.

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