The government procured 575 lakh tonnes of paddy from farmers at MSP amid protests against the new agricultural laws.
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state governments have fiercely purchased Kharif Crops at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) amid opposition to the new farm laws. By 20 January 2021, the government has purchased 23 percent more paddy than last year. More than 82 lakh farmers have benefited from this.
- January 21, 2021, 10:41 PM IST
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) had procured 466.22 lakh tonnes of paddy at MSP from farmers in the same period last year. It has been said in the official statement that 82.08 lakh farmers have got direct benefit from the government purchase this year. On behalf of the Food Ministry, it was said that in the current Kharif marketing season 2020-21, the government will continue to purchase Kharif crops from farmers as per MSP schemes.
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202.77 lakh tonnes of paddy purchased from farmers of PunjabOut of the total purchase of 575.36 lakh tonnes of paddy on MSP of Kharif crops, 202.77 lakh tonnes of paddy has been purchased only from Punjab. Explain that for a long time, farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh have been camping on the borders of Delhi. They are opposing the new agricultural laws of the central government. The protesting farmers want the government to reject all three new agricultural laws. Also, give the farmers a legal guarantee of minimum support price. At the same time, the central government says that the provision of government procurement of crops at the minimum support price will continue to prevail. At present, the central government has also agreed to suspend the new agricultural laws, but the farmers are adamant on repealing them.