The main objective behind adopting this entire system is that the government buys crops from real farmers and not from traders. The Agriculture Secretary said that the intention of the government is to ensure that genuine farmers get the benefit of MSP procurement, which the government has increased significantly in the last five years.
Paddy Procurement (Indicative Image)
In order to ensure that the benefit of Minimum Support Price (MSP) does not reach the traders but directly to the farmers, for the first time, the Center has decided to see the land records before the purchase of paddy. Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey gave this information on Monday. He told reporters that except Assam, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir, most of the procurement states are ready for this. He has shared digital land records with the Food Corporation of India (FCI), the apex procurement agency of the Centre, for this purpose.
Pandey stressed that this new system is in the interest of the farmers and the crops for the farming done by the farmers in their own land or in rented land will be bought by the government. “It is not necessary for farmers to own or not to own land. If farmers have cultivated any land, then it will be bought. He said that the whole thinking is to check how much cultivation has been done in how many areas and accordingly it will be procured. Keeping this in mind digital land records have been centrally linked with FCI which will help during the procurement process.
‘Most states including Punjab ready to adopt this system’
The main objective behind adopting this entire system is that the government buys crops from real farmers and not from traders. According to the secretary, ‘Most of the states including Punjab are fully prepared’. Every state wants the farmers to get benefit from the procurement process and not the traders. He said that this arrangement will ensure that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) reaches the farmers and not the traders. Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Aggarwal, who was present at the media briefing, said that the intention of the government is to ensure that genuine farmers get the benefit of MSP procurement, which the government has increased significantly in the last five years.
Government’s effort, real farmers get the benefit of MSP
He said that in the marketing year 2020-21 (October-September) a record 879.01 lakh tonnes of paddy was procured at an MSP price of Rs 1 lakh 65 thousand 956.90 crore, while in the marketing year 2020-21 (April-March), a record 389.93 lakh tonnes Wheat has been sold at an MSP price of Rs 75 thousand 60 crores. He said that these efforts are being made in the last five years only in the interest of farmers and the government wants the benefits of MSP to reach the genuine farmers.
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