Early procurement of rice in Pb, Hry

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New Delhi (NVI): The Centre allowed early procurement of paddy or rice in the Haryana and Punjab from today, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said.

“The Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21 for paddy/rice is scheduled to commence in all the procuring states from October 1,” Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said in a statement.

The state procurement agencies, including the FCI, are in a state of readiness for smoothly undertaking the procurement operations, it added.

However, in view of the early arrival of paddy in the ‘mandis’ of Haryana and Punjab, the Centre has approved the commencement of procurement operations for paddy/rice in both these states from Saturday to ensure that farmers are facilitated in selling their produce at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) expeditiously, said the statement.

The ministry stated, “Orders for commencement of the procurement operations in Haryana and Punjab have been issued.”