Tribune News Service
Chandigarh/New Delhi, September 26
The Centre on Saturday advanced paddy procurement in Haryana and Punjab due to the early arrival of paddy this year.
In its order issued today, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has allowed procurement of paddy in the two states from today instead of the earlier announced schedule from October 1.
The order says that the step has been taken in view of early arrival of paddy this year.
The Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21 for paddy /rice is already scheduled to commence in all the procuring states from October 1, 2020, and the state procuring agencies, including FCI, are in a state of readiness for smoothly undertaking procurement operations.
However, in view of early arrival of paddy in the ‘mandis’ of Haryana and Punjab, Government of India has approved the commencement of procurement operations for paddy/rice immediately in both these states from today i.e. with effect from 26th September, 2020 to ensure that farmers are facilitated in selling their produce at Minimum Support Price (MSP) expeditiously.
Orders for commencement of procurement operations for paddy/rice from 26th September, 2020 in Haryana and Punjab have been issued.