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Cabinet okays proposal to set aside rice stock as ‘food security’

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The Chhattisgarh Cabinet on Tuesday endorsed a proposal to set aside rice stock for every person as a part of 'Food Security' at all the Gram Panchayats of the State.

It also approved a proposal on Rs 300 Incentive Bonus per quintal  to be paid to farmers for the Kharif Season 2016-17.

The land-owning farmers whose paddy was purchased on Minimum Support Price (MSP) in the year 2016-17 will be eligible for the bonus.The incentive amount will be disbursed through MARKFED, it was informed in the Cabinet meeting.

The Bonus will be distributed to all the farmers before Diwali, it was informed.

The Food Department of the Union Government had already fixed the MSP for high-quality paddy - makka for the Kharif Marketing year 2017-18. The MSP for paddy (Common) is Rs 1,550, Paddy A-grade Rs 1,590 and Makka Rs 1,425 per quintal.

Chhattisgarh Co-Operative Societies' procurement centres will purchase paddy on cash and linking from November 15, 2017 to January 31, 2018.

The second supplementary Budget estimates for 2017-18 was also endorsed by the Cabinet.

Insurance amounts will be paid to the farmers as per the Prime Minister Crops' Insurance Policy.

Notably, Chief Minister Raman Singh last month had also asked officials to arrange and start distributing seeds which require less water for cultivation of crops even as Chhattisgarh fears for a spell of drought in many parts of the State.

Chairing a meeting of senior officials at his official residence recently, the Chief Minister directed to prepare an ‘Emergency Action Plan’ to deal with lack of sufficient rainfall in the State.

The officials in the meeting informed the Chief Minister that the average rainfall in the State had been short by 10 per cent in the State when compared to last 10 years with 677 mm rainfall registered between June 1 to August 18 in the State this monsoon season.

It was also informed in the meeting that sowing for paddy crop had been 99 per cent complete .

The Chief Minister while mentioning about his earlier letter to all district collectors sent on August 16 directed that irrigation facilities be utilised fully to provide water to the farms.

Chhattisgarh government on August 6 this year had planned to declare 41 tehsils of the state drought-affected if rain continues to elude the regions.

As per agriculture department, Surguja and Bastar region have received normal rainfall this Monsoon season so far but the condition in Raipur, Durg and Bilaspur divisions is grim.

The crop is wilting in Raipur, Durg and Bilaspur regions due to insufficient rainfall for consecutively second year and the Government is monitoring the condition on regular basis.

The situation of Raipur, Abhanpur, Arang, all the three tehsils of Durg, Gurur tehsil of Balod and all the four tehsils of Kanker district is highly


Notably, Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs , Food and Public Distribution has stated that paddy procurement is already robust in Chhattisgarh and Odisha states.

The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has initiated special efforts for procurement in the Eastern States of India, where there were frequent complaints of distress sale of paddy and procurement system was ineffective, it stated.

Accordingly, State-wise five-year Action Plan has been drawn by FCI for Uttar Pradesh (with focus on Eastern UP), Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Assam, where concerns exist about distress sale of paddy, it stated.

Attempt is to increase procurement of rice in these States so as to reach out to all farmers in various paddy growing districts of these States. The procurement target from the eastern states by the end of Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2019-20  is 155.93 Lakh MT. Presently, the figure stands at 53.65 LMT for KMS 2014-15.

Accordingly, FCI opened 635 procurement centres (including 401 with private support) in KMS 2015-16 and 722 (including 459 with private support) in KMS 2016-17 (as on 28.03.2017) comparison to only 141 in previous Season.  Total 61841 and 20063 (as on 28.03.2017) procurement centres have been opened in KMS 2015-16 and KMS 2016-17 respectively.

Due to these efforts of FCI, State agencies and private players, the procurement of rice has been increased to 70.70 LMT in KMS 2015-16 and 63.99 LMT in the ongoing KMS 2016-17.

It may be recalled that the Chhattisgarh State Cooperative Marketing Federation (MARKFED) had released Rs 1,301 crore to district cooperative central banks for taking up paddy procurement exercise, the State Government had informed on November 30 last year in a  press release.

“The money would be transferred online in the bank accounts of farmers selling their paddy on support price,” President of MARKFED Radhakrishna Gupta had stated.

The State government decided to purchase 65 lakh metric tonnes of paddy during the Kharif Marketing Season for year 2016-17.

The  procurement season that had started on November 15, 2016 and ended on January 31, 2017.

Notably, Chhattisgarh stood second in the country in Kharif season 2015-16 among a list of 18 states with targetted procurement of 36 lakh metric tonnes of paddy crop during 2015-16 as per information made available by the Central Government in that year.


Punjab was ranked first in the country in 2015-16 Kharif season among 18 states in the country with paddy procurement target of 82 lakh metric tonnes , according to the data of 18 States released by the Centre.




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