New Delhi, Nov 1 The government’s paddy procurement for the central pool rose 12 per cent to 170.53 lakh tonnes till October of the ongoing 2022-23 kharif marketing season, according to the food ministry data.
Higher quantities of paddy were purchased from Punjab, Haryana and Tamil Nadu.
Normally, paddy procurement begins immediately after the withdrawal of the Southwest monsoon from October onwards. However in southern states, especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, it begins from September.
The government aims to procure 771.25 lakh tonnes of paddy in the kharif marketing season 2022-23 (October-September). The actual procurement was recorded at 759.32 lakh tonnes in the last kharif marketing season.
According to government data, total paddy procurement rose to 170.53 lakh tonnes till October 31 of the 2022-23 kharif marketing season, from 152.57 lakh tonnes in the same period a year ago.
Out of the total procurement, about 107.24 lakh tonnes of paddy has been procured from Punjab till the end of October, as against 99.12 lakh tonnes in the same period a year ago. This time 52.26 lakh tonnes have been procured from Haryana as against 48.27 lakh tonnes in the same period a year ago.
However, in Uttar Pradesh, paddy procurement till October-end of this kharif marketing season was lower at 33,668 tonnes as compared to 83,766 tonnes in the same period a year ago.
Procurement in Uttarakhand has been slightly higher at 2.46 lakh tonnes this time as compared to 2.35 lakh tonnes last year. The procurement in Jammu and Kashmir was higher at 11,170 tonnes as against 6,756 tonnes in the same period a year ago.
In Himachal Pradesh, however, paddy procurement till October this season has been lower at 6,111 tonnes as against 7,374 tonnes in the same period a year ago.
According to the data, around 7.90 lakh tonnes of paddy has been procured in Tamil Nadu till October-end of this kharif marketing season, as against 1.77 lakh tonnes in the same period a year ago.
Kerala has procured 4,159 tonnes of paddy till the end of October, which is less than 5,203 tonnes in the corresponding period a year ago.
Paddy is procured by both the state-owned Food Corporation of India (FCI) and private agencies. Paddy is procured directly from farmers at Minimum Support Price (MSP) and is used to meet the demand under several welfare schemes.
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 first estimates of the Ministry of Agriculture, the country’s paddy production in the Kharif season 2022-23 is estimated to decline by 6 percent to 10.49 million tonnes, due to the reduction in paddy area due to poor rains in major producing states, especially Jharkhand. have to be.PTI