Staff Reporter :
The State government has started paddy procurement at the minimum support price (MSP) fixed by the Centre in the state on Sunday. The paddy procurement in the state will end on February 15. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel inspected Sahkari Samiti Jamgaon, Aundhi, Tarra and Funda in Durg district on the first day of the paddy procurement, on Sunday. The Chief Minister also interacted with the farmers and Hamals at these paddy procurement centres. Baghel inquired the facilities available at these paddy procurement centres. The Chhattisgarh government has set a target to procure 8.5 million tonnes paddy for the current season.
The farmers will be paid Rs 1,815 per quintal for common grade and Rs 1,835 for A-grade produce. Baghel said that the Centre government did not permit the state government to procure paddy at Rs 2,500 per quintal. The Congress government is committed to fulfill its poll promise to procure paddy at Rs 2,500 and the Chhattisgarh will pay the difference to the farmers separately, he added. Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey inaugurated the new paddy procurement centre at Barhapur village under Dhamdha block of Durg district on Sunday.
Ravindra Choubey said that the State government is focusing on the progress of the farmers. Minister Choubey inspected the paddy procurement and gave various instructions to the officials. The paddy procurement has begun at 1995 paddy procurement centres in 2019-20. Paddy is being also procured at 33 new paddy procurement centres. Paddy is being procured at 48 Mandis and 76 Sub-mandis. Around 19,56,000 farmers have been registered for the current season. The state government has fixed to procure 15 quintal paddy per acres of land from the farmers. It may be mentioned that the Congress government has announced that it would pay Rs 2,500 for a quintal of paddy to farmers as promised in the manifesto in the assembly elections. The Chhattisgarh government has started procuring paddy at the MSP fixed by the Centre government after the Centre government has refused to buy the grain for the central pool from the state paying more.