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Over 84Lac paddy farmers benefit from MSP scheme this kharif season
By TOG News Service
Jan 27, 2021

TOG NEWS SERVICE, NEW DELHI, JAN 27, 2021: THE government on Tuesday said they had purchased 587.57 lakh tonnes of paddy in the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) procurement operations from around 84.71 lakh farmers at a Minimum Support Price (MSP) value of Rs. 1,10,934.02 crore, as the farmer protests continued along the Delhi borders.

"In the ongoing KMS 2020-21, government continues to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops at MSP from farmers as per existing MSP Schemes, as was done in previous seasons," said the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Paddy procurement this Kharif season has continued in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Karnataka and West Bengal with purchase of almost 587.6 lakh tonnes up to January 25, 2021.

This is an increase of 20.28 per cent against the last year corresponding purchase of 488.49 lakh tonnes, the ministry said.

"Out of the total purchase of 587.57 lakh tonnes, Punjab alone has contributed 202.77 lakh tonnes which is 34.51 per cent of total procurement," it added.

The government, through its nodal agencies also procured 3.01 lakh tonnes of pulses and oilseeds with an MSP value of Rs. 1,622.29 crore benefitting 1,62,120 farmers.

The capital descended into chaos on Republic Day as thousands of farmers protesting the three farm laws and seeking legal guarantees for MSP, stormed the Red Fort complex and rioted in ITO, ramming tractors through buses and barricades while men with swords on horses tried to run down policemen.

Police officers fired tear gas shells and resorted to baton charges while mobile internet was suspended temporarily in parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

Home Minister Mr Amit Shah held a high-level meeting on Tuesday evening to deploy additional paramilitary forces in Delhi while Punjab and Haryana were placed under high alert.

Farmer leaders from Punjab will be addressing the protestors at the Singhu border today followed by a meeting to chart out the next course of action. Meanwhile, the farmers' unions maintain they will march to the Parliament on Budget Day on February 1.