Raipur, 26 April (H.S.). Till April 25, 7.15 pm, 97.83 lakh metric tonnes of paddy has been lifted for custom milling in the state. The state government is also working expeditiously in the matter of depositing rice in the central pool. So far 38.66 lakh metric tonnes of rice has been deposited in the central pool, which includes 20.61 lakh metric tonnes in Food Corporation of India and 18.05 lakh metric tonnes in Civil Supplies Corporation.
Food Secretary Topeshwar Verma informed that this year along with the procurement of paddy, the work of lifting and custom milling had been started expeditiously. So far a record 97.83 lakh metric tonnes of paddy has been lifted in the state through DOs and TOs. Verma informed that DO of 75 lakh 08 thousand metric tonnes of paddy has been issued. The millers have lifted 74 lakh 93 thousand metric paddy from the procurement centers. Similarly, for the transportation of 23 lakh 9 thousand metric tonnes of paddy, T.O. has been issued, against which 22 lakh 91 thousand metric tonnes of paddy has been lifted from the committees. This year 61.65 lakh metric tonnes of Arva rice is to be deposited in the central pool.
It is noteworthy that in the Kharif marketing year 2021-22, about 98 lakh metric tonnes of paddy has been purchased from 21 lakh 77 thousand registered farmers on support price. In lieu of paddy purchase, about 20 thousand crore rupees have been paid to the farmers under the bank linking system. This year one lakh 24 thousand i.e. 6 percent more farmers of the state sold paddy on support price as compared to last year.