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Kotpad Farmers Demand Bonus of Rs 300 per Quintal of Paddy

The bonus for paddy crop declared by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has received a lukewarm response in the tribal region with the farmers of Kotpad demanding the amount to be raised to `300 per quintal.

At a meeting in Girla village of Kotpad block on Sunday, farmers of different villages expressed concern over low profit margin in paddy cultivation due to hike in the input cost.

They demanded Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy to be raised from the present `1,350 to ` 1,650 per quintal. The paddy farmers said their counterparts in neighbouring Chhattisgarh are getting bonus of `300 and the Odisha Government should follow the same policy.

The meeting was attended by over 100 farmer leaders of Kotpad including Sukria Pradhan, Biren Bisoi, Anak Patra, Umesh Berham. Kotpad is the rice bowl of southern Odisha where about one lakh hectares of farmland are under paddy cultivation.

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Karnataka govt decides not to buy rice from other states

BANGALORE: The government on Thursday decided not to buy rice for its Anna Bhagya scheme from Chhattisgarh or other states. Instead, it plans to meet the requirements by introducing the levy system for mill owners in Karnataka, and by hiking the minimum support price (MSP) for rice purchased directly from farmers.

Under the levy system, mill owners have to provide some quantum of rice depending on their hulling capacity. The target fixed to procure rice under the levy system is 5 lakh tonne per year. The MSP fixed to purchase rice from mill owners is Rs 2,400 per quintal. This is on the assumption that the Centre's MSP, to be announced in January, will be Rs 2,000 per quintal.

Law minister TB Jayachandra on Thursday said since Sona Masuri rice grown in Raichur and Koppal districts is generally exported, the MSP has been fixed at Rs 2,000 per quintal. For rice purchased from other districts, the rate has been enhanced from Rs 1,310 to Rs 1,600 per quintal.

Jayachandra said at present the government is purchasing rice from Chhattisgarh at Rs 29 per kg, and this will be stopped.

Timetable for PDS shops: To streamline distribution of rice under Anna Bhagya scheme, the government has introduced 'paditara khatri' (confirmed availability), under which ration shops across the state will have to remain open for the first 10 days of every month, even if it's a Sunday. This will come into effect from January 1.

To fight malnutrition among children, milk will be provided to students from Classes 1 to 10 for which Rs 314 crore has been sanctioned. The government intends to provide 150 ml of milk per child for 62 lakh schoolchildren. The scheme has already been implemented for 35 lakh anganwadi children.

Besides helping fight malnutrition, the programme will help KMF dispose off excess milk of about 4 lakh litres and about 40 MT mik powder. The milk federation collects excess milk.


వరికి మద్దతు ధర రూ.1310

కరీంనగర్ సిటీ, న్యూస్‌లైన్ :
 ఖరీఫ్ సీజన్‌లో వరి ధాన్యానికి కనీస మద్దతు ధరను రాష్ట్ర ప్రభుత్వం ప్రకటించింది. సాధారణ రకం వరి ధాన్యానికి క్వింటాలుకు రూ.1310, గ్రేడ్-ఏకు రూ.1345గా నిర్ణయిస్తూ ఉత్తర్వులు జారీ అయ్యాయి. జిల్లాలో రైతులు పండించిన వరి ధాన్యాన్ని కనీస మద్దతు ధరకు కొనుగోలు చేయడానికి జిల్లా యంత్రాంగం ప్రభుత్వ సంస్థలతో 592 కొనుగోలు కేంద్రాలు ఏర్పాటు చేసింది. ఐకేపీ, ప్రాథమిక వ్యవసాయ పరపతి సంఘాలు, ప్రాథమిక గిరిజన పరపతి సంఘాల ద్వారా ధాన్యాన్ని కొనుగోలు చే స్తున్నారు. నిర్ధారించిన కేంద్రాల్లో వరి ధాన్యం కొనుగోళ్ల అనంతరం ఆ ధాన్యాన్ని సంబంధిత రైస్‌మిల్లులకు కస్టమ్‌మిల్లింగ్ చే సి అప్పగించేందుకు జిల్లాలో మిల్లులను గుర్తించారు. జిల్లాలో 257 బాయిల్డ్ రైస్‌మిల్లులు, 51 రా రైస్‌మిల్లులను కస్టమ్ మిల్లింగ్ కోసం గుర్తించినట్లు ఇన్‌చార్జి కలెక్టర్ హెచ్.అరుణ్‌కుమార్ తెలిపారు.
  ప్రతి రైస్‌మిల్లరు తనకు జారీ చేయబడిన ఆకుపచ్చ రంగు కలిగిన రిలీజ్ ఆర్డర్, అందులో కేటాయించిన కొనుగోలు కేంద్రం నుంచి మాత్రమే సూచించిన పరిణామంలో వరిధాన్యం తీసుకోవాలని ఆయన ఆ ప్రకటనలో పేర్కొన్నారు. రైస్‌మిల్లుల వారీగా కేటాయించిన వరిధాన్యం కొనుగోలు కేంద్రాలు, అనుమతించిబడిన ధాన్యం పరిణామం తదతర వివరాలు కరీంనగర్ జిల్లా వెబ్‌సైట్ ఠీఠీఠీ.జ్చుటజీఝ్చజ్చట.జీఛి.జీలో చూసుకోవాలన్నారు. రెండు సంవత్సరాల్లోని సీజన్లలో వరి ధాన్యం తీసుకొని కస్టమ్ మిల్లింగ్ చేయని రైస్‌మిల్లర్లకు, ప్రజా పంపిణీ బియ్యంను అక్రమంగా తరలిస్తున్నారనే అభియోగాలపై కేసు నమోదయిన మిల్లర్లకు ఈ సీజన్‌కు కస్టమ్ మిల్లింగ్ ధాన్యం నిలిపివేసినట్లు ఆయన వెల్లడించారు.

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Farmers in Punjab selling paddy much below MSP

High moisture content and discoloration of grains due to untimely rains is acting as a deterrent in paddy procurement in Punjab. As a result, farmers are forced to sell their produce at much below the minimum selling price (MSP) of Rs 1,345 per quintal.

According to the state agricultural marketing board data, there have been instances where the paddy was being sold at Rs 900 per quintal against the MSP of Rs 1,345 per quintal. While, last year the minimum price it fetched was Rs 1,042 per quintal. It clearly indicates that the farmers are not getting remunerative price for their crop and even lesser than the last year.

Speaking to Business Standard, one of the senior officials of the state agricultural marketing board said, "The level of moisture content in paddy arrivals was found to be more than 20 per cent which is in excess of permissible limit of 17 per cent. The high moisture content and discoloring of grains acting is as a deterrent to the buyers. While the central government agencies are refusing to buy crop citing high moisture content and discolored grains, the private traders are procuring paddy at lower price than the MSP. Considering the weather, it is very difficult that the moisture level in the grain will come down."

According to the data, as on October 20, in the ongoing kharif marketing season, out of the total arrival of 48.93 lakh tonnes, government owned procurement agencies have so far procured 35.61 lakh tonnes of paddy, which is 6 per cent lower than 37.87 lakh tonnes paddy procured in corresponding period of last season.

While the participation of private traders in the current procurement season has increased significantly. In the current season they had purchased 10.37 lakh tonnes, compared to 8.64 lakh tonnes during the corresponding period of the last year, thus witnessing an increase of 20 per cent. It is worth mentioning that Punjab expects to procure 130 lakh tonnes of paddy in the current season.

Earlier, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also said that the norms fixed for procuring paddy have turned out to be "hindrances" for the process in the state.

"The specifications laid down by the Union Government, for paddy purchase, are creating hindrances in the smooth procurement of paddy in the state,"he added.

Perturbed over the problem, farmers are seeking relaxation in crop procurement norms in the wake of fetching lesser prices for their crop. Farmers in the state demands that the specification pertaining to moisture content in paddy should be raised from 17 per cent to 22 per cent. They also demanded that norm for discoloured grains to be increased from three per cent to eight per cent.

Paddy was sown over 27.50 lakh hectares in the state and it is expected that the production may touch 160-162 lakh tones. But the state agriculture department officials said there could be a five per cent drop in paddy yield due to inclement weather conditions.

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India State Announces $10 Per Ton Bonus Over 2013-14 Paddy Minimum Support Price

India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu has announced a bonus of around Rs. 50 – 70 per quintal (about $10 per ton) of paddy, over the minimum support prices announced by the central government for 2013-14. In Tamil Nadu, farmers can now sell their common paddy rice variety to the government at Rs. 1,360 per quintal (about $216 per ton) and grade A paddy rice variety at Rs. 1,415 per quintal (about $224 per ton) from October 1, 2013.

The central government had increased the minimum support price of paddy rice by around 16% from the previous year in 2012-13. In comparison the y/y increase in MSP was about 5% in 2013-14. The Chhattisgarh state had announced a bonus of about $50 per ton over the central government support prices last year. A similar thing may happen in several states in India in the coming months to please voters ahead of general elections in 2014, say local sources.

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India Government Finalizes 5% Increase in Minimum Support Price of Paddy Rice for 2013-14

The Indian government has approved the 2013-14 (October - September) minimum support price (MSP) at Rs.1,310 per quintal (about $217 per ton, using current exchange rates) for common paddy rice, which is up about 5% from around Rs 1,250 per quintal (about $225 per ton, using historical exchange rates) in the previous year.

The 2013-14 MSP for grade ‘A’ variety has been fixed at Rs. 1,345 per quintal (about $223 per ton, using current exchange rates), also up about 5% from 1,280 per quintal (about $230 per ton, using historical exchange rates) in the previous year. While prices are higher in local currency, the falling value of the rupee against the U.S. dollar means prices in USD are actually lower compared to last year. The new prices are mostly according to the recommendations of the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP).

In 2012-13, the government had increased the MSP of paddy rice by around 16% from the previous year. However, the CACP suggested a lower MSP for paddy rice this year due to surplus rice stocks in the country and to encourage farmers to plant more pulses and oilseeds which the country imports now. The 2013-14 MSP for oilseeds and pulses are up about 13% and 11% respectively from 2012-13 MSP.

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India Punjab State Plans Minimum Support Price for Basmati Rice, Tax Concessions for Traders

The loss in non-basmati rice production in India’s northern state of Punjab due to decreasing water supply in 2013-14 could turn into gain for basmati rice, with the state government planning to announce several benefits for farmers and buyers of basmati rice ahead of this year's Kharif (main) crop season (June - November).

According to local sources, the Punjab government may announce an MSP of around Rs. 2,500 per quintal (about $442 per ton) for basmati paddy rice in 2013-14 to lure farmers to switch from non-basmati rice to basmati rice cultivation under the state government’s crop diversification policy. The Punjab Chief Minister is also likely to announce tax benefits for traders if they purchase basmati rice at prices above the MSP. According to local traders, purchase prices of basmati paddy rice were around Rs. 2,400 – 2,500 per quintal (about $425 - $442 per ton) during sufficient supplies last year and around Rs. 3,500 per quintal (about $620 per ton) during the lean season.

Earlier this year, Member of Parliament and rice scientist Prof. M.S. Swaminathan said that basmati rice requires less water compared to non-basmati rice. The state government has since placed basmati rice among other crops in its crop diversification plan. Currently, around 750,000 hectares of total rice area of around 2.75 million hectares in Punjab is used for basmati rice cultivation. The state government plans to increase basmati rice acreage to around one million hectares in the next five years.

India produces around 7-8 million tons of basmati rice annually, including around 2.5 million tons produced in Punjab. India is the world's largest exporter of basmati rice with around 3.5 million tons of annual basmati exports.

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Farmers told not to sell paddy at less than MSP

The Civil Supplies Corporation has asked farmers not to dispose off paddy of average quality at less than the Minimum Support Price.

Civil Supplies Commissioner, in a release, said that all arrangements had been made to procure paddy from farmers at MSP by government agencies.

The State agencies had procured 8.9 lakh tonne of paddy till February 15 directly from the farmers. Millers also purchased 66.69 lakh tonne of paddy from the farmers at the MSP and above.

The farmers can contact the Joint Collector and the District Manager concerned and the Civil Supplies Corporation Vice-Chairman and Managing Director at 040 23310973 and the Commissioner at 040 23310617 if they face any problem.

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