A complete of 23 per cent extra paddy has been procured to date than final yr throughout Kharif advertising and marketing season, Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary, Meals and Public Distribution Division stated on Wednesday.
Addressing a press convention, Mr Pandey stated, “The Kharif advertising and marketing season began this time from September 26. To this point 23 per cent extra paddy has been procured than final yr. Final yr, the overall buy was 627 lakh metric tons, which may very well be 738 lakh metric tons this yr.”
Mr Pandey stated there’s 28 per cent enhance in paddy procurement centres with the opening of 39,130 centres.
“If we speak in regards to the procurement centres, final yr, there have been 30,549 centres and there was a rise of 28 per cent in paddy procurement centres. There are 39,130 centres this yr for the procurement in order that farmers don’t have to journey a lot,” he stated.
Divulging additional he stated, this yr round Rs 1.40 lakh crore will probably be transferred to farmers in Kharif advertising and marketing season which is a rise of 21 per cent from final yr.
“Final yr Rs 1.15 lakh crore was transferred to farmers in the course of the season and this yr it’s anticipated to be approx Rs 1.40 lakh crore. It is a rise of 21 per cent over final yr’s switch,” he stated.