Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, the Centre has procured one.92 lakh tonnes of gram and tur dal and one.83 lakh tonnes of mustard seeds, totalling 3.75 lakh tonnes beneath the Selling price Assist Scheme (PSS), according to the Agriculture Ministry.
The PSS is place into procedure on state governments’ request when rates tumble under the bare minimum assistance price (MSP).
The procurement is undertaken by nodal organizations like Nafed at bare minimum assistance price (MSP). Only honest common high-quality commodity is acquired.
On the other hand in look at of COVID-19 pandemic, the each day procurement restrict has been enhanced from twenty five quintals to 40 quintals per day beneath the PSS for rabi crops.
In a assertion, the ministry mentioned PSS has been operationalised for procurement of pulses and oilseeds rising in the rabi period of 2019-20 crop yr (July-June) in 7 states — Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
Among pulses, about 72,415 tonnes of gram (chana) have been procured from 5 states — Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
About one.20 lakh tonnes of tur dal has been procured from 7 states — Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Odisha.
In scenario of oilseeds, the Centre has acquired one.83 lakh tonnes of mustard seed from 3 states — Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, the ministry mentioned.
Pulses, Oilseeds output
As per the second estimate of the ministry, pulses and oilseeds output during 2019 rabi period has been pegged at 15.eleven million tonnes and 10.75 million tonnes, respectively.
In accordance to the ministry, normal functioning protocol (SOP) associated to crop harvesting and threshing is remaining adhered to by farmers and employees.
States have been requested to make sure compliance of SOP in purchase to safeguard the health of farmers and farm employees and comprise the spread of coronavirus.
In the meantime, wheat harvesting throughout the nation is continuing at a brisk rate amidst the Covid-19 lockdown.
As described by the states, practically 99 per cent of wheat crop has been harvested in Madhya Pradesh, 92-ninety five per cent in Rajasthan, eighty five-88 per cent in Uttar Pradesh, 55-sixty per cent in Haryana, sixty-sixty five per cent in Punjab and 87-88 per cent in other states so considerably.
The ministry also mentioned that the Countrywide Horticulture Board (NHB) has uploaded on its internet site the availability of planting materials from its 618 accredited nurseries to assistance farmers acquire superior planting materials for the ensuing sowing period of kharif crops.