Center to check farmers’ land records before paddy procurement in October

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Center to check farmers’ land records before paddy procurement in October

New Delhi, Sep 13 (PTI) For the first time, the Center has decided to look at land records before purchasing paddy to ensure that the benefits of Minimum Support Price (MSP) reach directly to farmers and not to traders. 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. They have shared digital land records with the Food Corporation of India (FCI), the apex procurement agency of the Centre, for this purpose.

Pandey emphasized that this new system is in the interest of the farmers and the crops for the cultivation 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, 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.

The main objective behind adopting this whole system is that the government buys crops from real farmers and not from traders.

According to the secretary, “Most states, including Punjab, are fully prepared.” Every state wants farmers to benefit from the procurement process and not traders. He said that this arrangement would ensure that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) reaches the farmers and not the traders.

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Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal, 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 enhanced significantly in the last five years.

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 1,65,956.90 crore, while in the marketing year 2020-21 (April-March), a record 389.93 lakh tonnes of wheat was procured. 75,060 crore at an MSP price of Rs.

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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