central pool Government’s paddy procurement for existing Kharif Marketing Season So far in 2022-23, it has increased by nine percent to 306.06 lakh tonnes. This information has been given in the data of the Ministry of Food. Large quantity of paddy has been purchased from Punjab, Haryana, Chhattisgarh and Telangana. Paddy procurement usually starts after the withdrawal of the south-west monsoon from October. However, in the southern states, especially Kerala and Tamil Nadu, this work starts from September.
The government’s target is to procure 775.72 lakh tonnes of paddy in the Kharif marketing season 2022-23 (October-September). The actual procurement in the last Kharif marketing season was a record 759.32 lakh tonnes. According to government data, the total paddy procurement has increased to 306.06 lakh tonnes in the Kharif Marketing Season 2022-23 till November 27, from 280.51 lakh tonnes in the same period a year ago.
Paddy procurement had not even started
Paddy procurement in Punjab has declined by 2.76 per cent to 181.62 lakh tonnes so far in this marketing year from 186.79 lakh tonnes in the year-ago period. Paddy procurement in Haryana has increased by 8.18 percent to 58.96 lakh tonnes as against 54.50 lakh tonnes last year. The data shows that 16.88 lakh tonnes of paddy has been procured in Chhattisgarh so far this year, while the procurement of paddy had not even started during this period last year.
It was 10.94 lakh tonnes in the same period a year ago
Paddy procurement in Telangana has been 16.18 lakh tonnes so far this year, compared to 10.94 lakh tonnes in the same period a year ago. Similarly, the procurement of paddy in Uttar Pradesh has increased from 9.20 lakh tonnes to 10.28 lakh tonnes in the said period. Paddy is procured by both the state-owned Food Corporation of India (FCI) and private agencies. Paddy is procured directly from the farmers at minimum support price and is used to meet the demand under various welfare schemes.
Paddy yield reduced due to weak rains in Jharkhand
Paddy is grown in both Kharif (summer) and Rabi (winter) seasons. But 80 percent of the country’s total paddy production comes from the Kharif season. According to the Agriculture Ministry’s first estimate, the country’s paddy production is estimated to decline by 6 percent to 104.99 million tonnes in the kharif season 2022-23, mainly due to less area under paddy in view of poor rains in the producing states, especially Jharkhand. .
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