Procurement of 20,000 MT of paddy begins in Tripura to boost agriculture economy
By Our Correspondent, 09/06/2021, Agartala

To help augment agriculture economy, the BJP-led coalition government in Tripura has begun procurement of 20,000 metric tonnes of paddy directly from the farmers of the state at a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 18.68 per kg from Tuesday from two separate locations. The state government aims to procure the paddy this ‘Rabi season’ through 29 centres across eight districts of the state.

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said, “The Tripura government is buying paddy from farmers at Rs 1,868 per quintal. The state government will spend Rs 37.36 crore on this. In addition, the accessory cost will be another Rs 6.87 crore.”

He also urged the farmers across the state to sell their paddy at the nearest agriculture department or sub-divisional magistrate’s office and avail the minimum support price.

Meanwhile, the state food minister Manoj Kanti Deb said, “We have started procuring paddy at MSP in two locations—Udaipur in Gomati district and Sonamura in Sepahijala district– from today (Tuesday). We have set a target of procuring 20,000 MT paddy.”

“The paddy, which was bought for Rs 1,000 per quintal, is now being sold at Rs 1,868 per quintal. This has boosted the farmers’ morale and as a result, yields have also increased,” Manoj added.

He claimed that 35,000 farmers in Tripura have benefited since the commencement of the program to purchase paddy at the MSP.

About 60,000 metric tonnes of paddy was procured from farmers across the state, he added. Tripura’s incumbent BJP-IPFT government first procured 27.27 thousand MT paddy from farmers at MSP of Rs 17.50 per kg in 2018, shortly after assuming office. The MSP was later revised to Rs 15 per kg for 21.44 thousand MT paddy while MSP rate has been fixed at Rs 18.68 per kg this year.