As many as 3.35 lakh farmers have got themselves registered for procurement of paddy and coarse cereals in Madhya Pradesh till September 15 this year. Of these, 3.08 lakh have got them registered for paddy procurement and 27 thousand farmers for coarse cereals ( maize, millet and jowar).

Food and civil supplies minister Paras Jain has urged farmers to avail benefit of Rs. 100 per quintal bonus on paddy procurement.

He informed that the State Government has made initiative of giving Rs. 100 per quintal bonus on paddy procurement for the first time similar as wheat procurement.

Similarly, e- procurement of Kharif crops is also being adopted for the first time.

Paras Jain has appealed to registered farmers to reach directly to prescribed procurement centre with clean produce.

They should not be get misled by any middleman ( small traders) and reach directly to procurement centres.

They should also keep in mind that their produce should be of fine average quality ( FAQ).

Besides, they should sell only the quantity they have produced in the sowing area showed by them since this time spot inspection of crops sown by farmers has been undertaken. Patwaris, Revenue Inspectors and other officers will also crosscheck sowing areas and crop yield.

According to Jain, 17 thousand metric tonnes of coarse cereals and 9.40 lakh metric tonnes of paddy were procured in the year 2011. During the current year, 18.80 lakh metric tonnes of paddy and 28 thousand metric tonnes of coarse cereals are estimated to be procured.

Last year, paddy was procured from one lakh 80 thousand farmers.

18.80 lakh to be procured at Rs.

1250 per quintal

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