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Spike in yields unlikely to leave Kerala paddy farmers richer

It’s a surprisingly big paddy harvest for Kerala farmers this season. But with the procurement price stymied by the state government's price ceiling, it doesn’t necessarily mean good news for the farmers.

With Kerala itself needing 7,500 tonne of rice per day and production in the state sub-optimal, the government, through its grocery arm Supplyco, procures the crop at R19 per kg. At open prices, the farmer gets only R15 per kg. In the current season, Supplyco has procured as much as 70,000 tonne. The R19/kg procurement price for paddy is reportedly the highest in the country.

The catch, however, is that Supplyco's ceiling for procurement at R19 per kg is 5.5 tonne per hectare. In Palakkad, which has 83,000 hectares under paddy cultivation, many farmers have reported yields as high as 9.1 tonne per hectare.

“This means the farmer may not be able to get the best price offered only for part of his harvest,” a senior official at the state agriculture ministry told FE.

The state has about 300,000 rice growers, mostly small and marginal farmers with average land holding below 0.4 hectare. "Theoretically, the state government could amend the norms, but the ongoing general elections would be the perfect excuse. Even otherwise, the farmer has to run from pillar to post to get the procurement dues,” says M Suresh Kumar, a farmer.

Although the average paddy yield in Kerala is only 2.7 tonne per hectare, Palakkad, with 12 dams exclusively for irrigating rice fields, logs as much as 5 tonne per hectare. But the current harvest yield, expected to average 9 tonne per hectare, has been unheard of.

“What was almost miraculous is that the yield surged when the mercury climbed in November, December and January," says Leelakumari, a senior farm official.

Kuttanad, the other paddy granary of Kerala, is also reporting above-normal yields this season, with some farmers reporting 7.5 tonne per hectare.

"A new variety of paddy, Uma, developed by Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), was used extensively both in Palakkad and Kuttanad. In Palakkad, the shift to machine planting could also have improved the harvest," say the officials.

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Paddy procurement at societies up to Feb 15

Under the support price policy of Chhattisgarh, cash and linking purchase of paddy from farmers at procurement centres of all Primary Agriculture Credit Cooperative Societies during the Kharif marketing year 2013-14 will be completed by February 15. On the last date of paddy purchase, any kind of slip regarding paddy purchase will not be issued.

According to an official press statement issued here on Monday, whatever paddy reaches for sale in the procurement centres till 5 pm in the evening of the last day of purchase, would be weighed and purchased up to 7 pm. At 7 pm, Samiti’s software will automatically be locked. The Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection department has issued necessary guidance in this respect to all collectors of the State.

Secretary, Food department, Vikassheel, said in the circular that cash and linking purchase of paddy under the support price policy of the state has been scheduled up to February 15. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) will issue separate version 14.7 on February 11 for paddy purchase on the last day. All the procurement centres were asked to download the version from the departmental website and install up to February 13.

It has been said in the circular to issue clear instructions to the nodal officers appointed for the procurement centres to be present at the centres from February 13 to 15 and to ensure weighing of paddy under their observation. The nodal officer, after the locking of software in the procurement centre on February 15 at 7 pm, will take the stock report of paddy and gunny bags and after physical verification will make its entry in the software of the society. Only after the stock entry, paddy will be lifted from the society.

It has been said in the circular that a ban has been imposed on issue of new DO for the supply of paddy to rice millers from the societies of all districts. Only after physical verification of stock and its entry by the nodal officers, new DO should be issued to supply paddy from the society to rice millers.

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Rice procurement likely to miss 34-mt target

The rice procurement drive by government agencies for the 2013-14 marketing season (October-September) is likely to fall below the target of 34 million tonne (mt).

Food ministry officials attribute the reasons for the slow progress in procurement from farmers to mainly late arrival of the kharif crop in eastern states and adverse impact of cyclone on key rice-growing areas of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

Besides, the slow pace of rice procurement has been also attributed to active participation of private traders in the market due to lower kharif output. As per latest data, with the exception of Chhattisgarh, all other key states that contribute to the government's rice procurement drive have recorded lower volume of purchase this year compared to last year.

Till Tuesday, FCI and the state government-owned agencies purchased more than 21.5 mt of rice from the farmers compared to 23.3 mt last year. This decline in total volume of procurement is more than 8% and is expected to widen in the next few months.

“Kharif crop arrivals in eastern states have been slower this year while a chunk of crop area was adversely impact by cyclone,” an agriculture ministry official told FE.

The government agencies have purchased 8.1 mt in Punjab, 4.6 mt in Chhattisgarh, 2.4 mt in Haryana and 2.4 mt rice in Andhra Pradesh, as per latest data.

Prior to the formal commencement of rice procurement in October, 2013, the food ministry, in consultation with states, set targets for each of the key contributing states.

Punjab and Andhra Pradesh were estimated to contribute 8.3 mt and 6 mt, respectively, the other key contributors to the central pool would be Chhattisgarh (5.5 mt), Haryana (2.3 mt), Uttar Pradesh (2.7 mt), Orissa (2.6 mt) and West Bengal (2.2 mt).

With the exception of Chhattisgarh, where state government has purchased more than 4.6 mt till now, in all the other key growing states --- Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa – the volume of rice procurement from farmers have been less than the target.

In Punjab and Haryana, where procurement is complete, the state agencies have purchased 8.1 mt and 2.4 mt of rice this season against 8.5 mt and 25.9 mt last year. Due to an untimely storm in many districts of Punjab in September, rice procurement was marginally lower in the state.

The biggest fall in procurement was witnessed in the cyclone-hit Andhra Pradesh, where state agencies purchased 2.4 mt till Tuesday against 2.9 mt last year. The government's rice stock with the FCI and other agencies was reported at 14.6 mt at the start of this month, which is more than double of strategic reserve and buffer stock norms.

The government had approved a minimum support price for 2013-14 at Rs 1,310 per quintal for common paddy rice, which is an increase of about 5% from around Rs1,250 a quintal last year.

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India Government Procures 15.7 Million Tons in Ongoing Procurement Drive

    Rice procurement by Indian government agencies for the central pool has reached around 15.7 million tons as of November 20, 2013, in the ongoing Kharif marketing season (KMS) which runs from October to September.

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said that rice procurement so far this year is highest in the northern state of Punjab (about 11.9 million tons) and Haryana (about 3.56 million tons).

India is targeting rice procurement of around 34.5 million tons in KMS 2013-14.

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Punjab, Haryana procure 175 lakh tonnes paddy

Nearly 175 lakh tonnes of paddy has been procured in Punjab and Haryana this season, food and civil supplies officials in the two states said Monday.

Of this, nearly 125 lakh tonnes were procured in Punjab while over 50 lakh tonnes were procured in Haryana.

Over 95 percent of the paddy arrivals have been procured by government agencies in Punjab while the rest has been bought by private rice millers and traders.

Sangrur, Ludhiana and Patiala districts in Punjab were leading in paddy procurement, the officials said.

In neighbouring Haryana, nearly 50 lakh tonnes of paddy has so far arrived in the various grain markets, officials said. This is higher than the paddy procurement of 46.74 lakh tonnes in the same period last year.

Government agencies in Haryana have procured nearly 35.5 lakh tonnes paddy this year. The rest has gone to rice millers and traders.

Karnal, Kurukshetra and Kaithal districts of Haryana were leading in paddy arrivals.

Procurement of paddy in both states started Oct 1.

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Rice procurement unaffected by delayed rains

Rice procurement in Haryana and Punjab is in full swing, belying apprehensions of weak procurement due to delayed rains.

Haryana and Punjab begin harvesting rice before other states. This season, half the procurement in Punjab has already been completed.
Despite adverse weather conditions in certain parts of the country, rice procurement hasn't been hit, at least in the initial phase. Though procurement was delayed by two-three weeks in states in east and south India, owing to delayed rains, the yield wasn't affected.

For this financial year, the Centre has pegged paddy procurement at 51.3 million tonnes (mt). According to Food Corporation of India (FCI) estimates, about 8.1 mt of paddy has been procured in the initial phase.

An FCI source said floods in Odisha might affect procurement of the crop in that state. He added the estimates provided by state food secretaries were conservative ones and procurement in states that saw normal weather conditions might exceed these estimates.

Sources in the Central Rice Research Institute said long-duration varieties of the crop would recover from the floods, adding significant damage to the crop was unlikely.

On Thursday, a central team assessed the discoloration and damage to the crop in Punjab, owing to the delayed rains. The team would give its report in three-four days, FCI sources said

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Tardy lifting of paddy adds to farmers' woes

Already battling with high moisture content and discolouring of paddy grains, farmers are now feeling brunt of poor arrangements made by the district administration for procurement and lifting of their produce at different purchasing centers across the district.

The paddy procurement season that gained momentum after October 17 has exposed inefficiency of the administrative authorities in ensuring constant lifting of purchased stock, which has resulted in glut-like conditions in the grain markets.

An estimated 4.75 lakh metric tonne of paddy have reached various purchasing centres, of which 4.6 lakh MT have been procured by various purchasing agencies.

According to information, of the total procured paddy, around 2.5 lakh MT is yet to be lifted by the agencies and private traders.

A random survey of different grain markets reveals that the procured paddy in gunny bags has occupied most of the space at various grain markets and a big letdown to the farmers who are yet to bring their produce to mandis. And thus, the procurement norm makes it mandatory for procuring agencies to lift their crop within 72 hours of the purchase to avoid any glut-like conditions at purchasing centres.

One of the senior officials of a procuring agency said the lifting problem would be immense in days to come as, so far, only 25% of the yield had arrived and procured at the grain markets.
In Patiala district, around 2.31 lakh hectares was under paddy cultivation that fetched around 14 lakh MT yields.

“With the slow lifting conditions prevailing in grain markets, shortage of space for unloading fresh yield may hamper the procurement process in days to come,” said an official.

Dilbagh Singh, one of the farmers at Patiala grain market, said he was forced to unload his produce under open sky, as sheds were already occupied by the procured stocks.”

“The unfavourable weather conditions have already affected our produce, and moist conditions under the open sky making it further difficult for us to protect our produce from moisture, especially in nights when temperature dips,” he said.

District controller food and civil supplies (DCFCS) Ajayveer Sarao said increase in the quantity of paddy arriving at mandis for over past four-five days resulting in slow lifting.

“Nothing is wrong with the 72-hour deadline for lifting the procured paddy, as the agencies have already been following it and have lifted around 60% of the procured paddy. The snail pace of day-to-day lifting of same day's purchase due to heavy arrival of paddy in the past few days has created such situation,” he said. 

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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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Paddy in Punjab trails by 18 per cent

 Paddy procurement in Punjab is trailing by 18 per cent compared to last year's purchase as procurement agencies are refusing to buy crop citing high moisture content and discoloured grains in the State.

Though farmers seeking relaxation in crop procurement norms in the wake of fetching lesser prices for their crop, the State Agriculture Department officials said there could be 5 per cent drop in paddy yield due to inclement weather conditions prevailed during the start of paddy purchase season.

“Paddy purchase got delayed due to higher moisture content in the crop caused by untimely rain this season,” a senior official of Food Corporation of India (FCI) said on Thursday.

In the ongoing kharif marketing season, Government-owned procurement agencies have so far procured 19.27 lakh tonnes (LT) of crop in Punjab which is 18 per cent lower than 23.63 LT crop bought in corresponding period of last season. Punjab expects to procure 130 LT of paddy in the current season. 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, officials said. Because of higher moisture content and discoloured grains, procurement agencies are refusing to buy crop, farmers alleged. “We expect crop procurement to pick up in coming days with weather conditions turning clear,” the FCI official said. Major problem of non-procurement of paddy was witnessed at Amritsar, Kapurthala and Patiala, officials said.

Rice millers have also refused to buy crop, saying that the quality of rice gets affected because of crop with high moisture content. “We face problem in converting paddy to rice with crop having higher level of moisture content, thus affecting rice quality,” Punjab Rice Millers’ Association president Tarsem Saini said. Punjab Agriculture Department has also acknowledged that there were chances of up to five per cent drop in overall yield of paddy because of untimely rains.

“Wherever the crop has got flattened, the grains have turned discoloured. Therefore, there are chances of dip in yield,” a department official said.

Punjab is expecting 160-162 lakh tonne of paddy output with 27.73 lakh acres of paddy area. Farmers claimed that they were forced to sell paddy at lesser rate than MSP as procurement agencies and rice millers were refusing to buy crop.

“Farmers at several places are forced to sell crop at Rs 1,000-1,200 per quintal as against MSP of 1,345 per quintal,” Bhartiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) president Balbir Singh Rajewal said.

BKU has sought from the Centre to relax norms for higher moisture content and discoloured grains during paddy purchase.

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ధాన్యం కొనుగోళ్లకు 167 కేంద్రాలు

కలెక్టరేట్, న్యూస్‌లైన్: ఖరీఫ్‌కు సంబంధించి వరి ధాన్యాన్ని కొనుగోలు చేసేందుకు వీలుగా జిల్లాలో 167 కొనుగోలు కేంద్రాలను ఏర్పాటు చేస్తున్నట్టు కలెక్టర్ స్మితా సబర్వాల్ తెలిపారు. శుక్రవారం కలెక్టరేట్ సమావేశ మందిరంలో వరి ధాన్యాల కొనుగోలు కేంద్రాల ఏర్పాటు, ఆధార్ అనుసంధానం, నిత్యావసర సరుకుల పంపిణీ ఇతర అంశాలపై పౌరసరఫరాలు, రెవెన్యూ అధికారులతో సమీక్ష నిర్వహించారు. ప్రభుత్వం ప్రకటించిన సాధారణ రకం వరి ధాన్యం క్వింటాల్‌కు రూ.1,310, గ్రేడ్-ఏ రకం ధాన్యానికి రూ. 1,345లకు తగ్గకుండా కొనుగోలు చేయాలని సంబంధిత అధికారులను ఆదేశించారు. 2013-14 సంవత్సరానికి సంబంధించి లక్షా 50 వేల మెట్రిక్ టన్నుల వరి ధాన్యాన్ని కొనుగోలు చేస్తామన్నారు. ధాన్యం కొనుగోలుకు ఐకేపీ ద్వారా 119 కేంద్రాలు, వ్యవసాయ పరపతి సంఘాల ద్వారా 48 కేంద్రాలను ఏర్పాటు చేస్తున్నామని తెలిపారు. నవంబర్ మొదటి వారం నుంచి ధాన్యం మార్కెట్‌లోకి వస్తుందని ఆ ప్రకారం కేంద్రాలను ప్రారంభిస్తామన్నారు.
 ధాన్యం కొనుగోళ్లపై స్వయం సహాయక సభ్యులకు పూర్తి స్థాయి శిక్షణ శిబిరాలు ఏర్పాటు చేయాలన్నారు. కేంద్రాలకు అవసరమైన ప్యాడి, పవర్ క్లీనర్స్, మాయిశ్చరైజ్ మీటర్లు, తూకం యంత్రాలు, టార్పాలిన్లు కొనుగోలు చేయాలని అధికారులను ఆదేశించారు. మార్కెట్ యార్డుల్లో రైతులకు ఇబ్బందులు కలగకుండా చర్యలు తీసుకోవాలని ఆమె మార్కెటింగ్ శాఖ ఏడీకి సూచించారు. కొనుగోలు చేసిన ధాన్యానికి సంబంధించిన డబ్బులను 72 గంటల్లోగా రైతు ఖాతాలో జమ చేస్తామన్నారు. రైతులు ఎదుర్కొనే సమస్యల సత్వర పరిష్కారం కోసం ఆర్డీఓ కార్యాలయాల్లో కంట్రోల్ రూంలను ఏర్పాటు చేయాలన్నారు. సమావేశంలో జాయింట్ కలెక్టర్ ఎ.శరత్, వ్యవసాయ శాఖ జేడీ ఉమామహేశ్వరమ్మ, డీఆర్డీఏ పీడీ రాజేశ్వర్‌రెడ్డి, డీఎస్‌ఓ ఏసు రత్నం, మార్కెటింగ్ ఏడీ నవీన్‌రెడ్డి, ఆర్డీఓలు ముత్యంరెడ్డి, వనజాదేవి తదితరులు పాల్గొన్నారు.

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UP eyes 2.5 mn tonnes paddy procurement in 2013-14

In spite of lack of preparations, the Uttar Pradesh government is targetting procurement of 2.5 million tonnes (mt) of paddy during 2013-14.

The Food Corporation of India (FCI) would procure 10 per cent of the 2.5 mt target, while the rest would be procured by the state agencies.

The rice procurement season would be effective for five months — from October 1 to February, 2014 — and about 3,250 procurement centres would be set up.

According to the agriculture department, paddy acreage this year stands at 5.964 million hectares (MH) as compared to the target of 5.947 MH. The preliminary paddy production is estimated at 15.30 MT.

The food department’s procurement centres are mandated to pay farmers through Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system, which directly credits money to their bank accounts. The remaining centres would pay by means of account payee cheques.

UP Food Commissioner Archana Agarwal said the total warehousing capacity in UP stood at 3.765 mt. FCI is tasked to prepare an action plan for storage of rice.

The government would accord priority to modernised rice mills in custom milling and levy obligations.

In UP, rice millers have the obligation of 25 per cent rice levy, which is collected by the state for public distribution system (PDS). Under custom milling, the government procures paddy from farmers and gets it milled by paying incidental charges.

“The mills incur Rs 60 in milling per quintal of paddy, while the state has been paying only Rs 10 per quintal as milling cost for the last 10 years. This is grossly inadequate and a loss making proposition. For this reason, the millers are not excited about custom milling,” Uttar Pradesh Rice Millers Association President Rakesh Kumar Agarwal told Business Standard .

The millers have also demanded abolition of rice levy, citing lower realisation.

Paddy is cultivated across UP, while seven districts fall under high productivity, including Bijnore, Kushingar, Pilibhit, Chandauli, Baghpat, Ambedkar Nagar and Varanasi.

Paddy is highly dependent on south-west monsoon, which occurs over the subcontinent from June through September. The kharif crop is chiefly sown between March and August and harvested between June and December.

There are about 1,000 large rice mills in UP, while the number of smaller units is about 3,000. A large mill has a capacity to mill three to four tonnes paddy per hour.

The main elements in mills’ modernisation are dryer and sorting machines, which cost about Rs 20 lakh and Rs 50 lakh respectively. Only about 10 per cent of the state rice mills are equipped with these machines.

The millers have been urging the government for a five year window for modernisation and providing 25-30 per cent subsidy on the cost.

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यूपी में 25 लाख टन धान खरीद का लक्ष्य

वीरेंद्र सिंह रावत / लखनऊ September 09, 2013

उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार ने वर्ष 2013-14 में 25 लाख टन धान खरीद का लक्ष्य तय किया है। हालांकि खरीद के लिए तैयारियां अभी आधी-अधूरी ही हैं। भारतीय खाद्य निगम (एफसीआई) कुल खरीद लक्ष्य की 10 फीसदी खरीद करेगा, जबकि शेष राज्य की एजेंसियां खरीदेंगी।

पिछले साल राज्य में धान की खरीद 30 फीसदी घटकर 17.5 लाख टन रही थी, जबकि लक्ष्य 25 लाख टन का रखा गया था। चावल खरीद का सीजन 1 अक्टूबर से 31 मार्च 2014 तक के पांच महीने चालू रहेगा और राज्य में 3,250 खरीद केंद्रों की स्थापना की जाएगी।

कृषि विभाग के मुताबिक इस साल धान का रकबा 59.64 लाख हेक्टेयर है। हालांकि लक्ष्य 59.47 लाख हेक्टेयर रखा गया था। धान उत्पादन 153 लाख टन रहने का शुरुआती अनुमान जताया गया है। खाद्य विभाग के खरीद केंद्रों को किसानों को रियल टाइम ग्रॉस सेटलमेंट (आरटीजीएस) सिस्टम के जरिये भुगतान करने का काम सौंपा गया है। इस सिस्टम के तहत सीधे किसानों के बैंक खाते में पैसे जमा किए जाते हैं।

शेष केंद्र अकाउंट पेयी चेक के जरिये भुगतान करेंगे। उत्तर प्रदेश की खाद्य आयुक्त अर्चना अग्रवाल ने कहा कि उत्तर प्रदेश में गोदामों की कुल भंडारण क्षमता 37.65 लाख टन है। एफसीआई को चावल के भंडारण के लिए एक कार्ययोजना बनाने का काम सौंपा गया है। सरकार कस्टम मिलिंग और लेवी अनिवार्यता में आधुनिक चावल मिलों को वरीयता देगी। उत्तर प्रदेश में चावल मिलों पर 25 फीसदी चावल लेवी की बाध्यता होती है। इसका संग्रहण राज्य द्वारा सार्वजनिक वितरण प्रणाली (पीडीएस) के लिए किया जाता है। कस्टम मिलिंग के तहत सरकार धान की खरीद किसानों से करती है और इस पर आने वाली लागत चुकाकर मिलिंग कराती है।



Tardy procurement worries paddy farmers

BHAWANIPATNA :Though procurement of summer paddy crop locally called Dalua was started in Kalahandi district from May 24, its slow progress has caused anxiety among the farmers who are gearing up for next crop with the approach of monsoon.

According to an assessment of Agriculture department, around 2.76 tonnes of Dalua paddy was produced with Indravati irrigated area accounting for most of it.

The district administration has decided to open 52 paddy procurement centres in the district and tag those centres with rice mills. With the paddy procured in the last kharif season, the mills have delivered 60 per cent of rice to the receiving centres and FCI. Now, the millers are ready to lift Dalua paddy from the procurement centres. So far, 44 out of total 87 rice millers are ready for procurement. According to official sources, only 39 purchasing centres in Dharamgarh sub-division have been operational and 93,996 quintals of paddy from 1,622 farmers purchased with major portion of the harvested paddy yet to be procured.

With the monsoon already entering south Odisha, the farmers are anxiously waiting to sell their produce before it gets damaged in rain as most of the paddy purchasing centres lack shed. But at the pace the procurement is in progress, they are worried that the paddy stock piled in procurement centres and at their thrashing grounds will not be disposed of before the onset of monsoon.

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FCI asked to lift monthly 1.2 lakh tonnes of kharif rice to store rabi harvest

With a bumper crop of rice this kharif, the Government has requested the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to lift at least 1.20 lakh tonnes of rice every month from the State to make space for rabi procurement.

According to a review by the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department in the last week of May, the Government has procured nearly 46 lakh tonnes of paddy which is equivalent to over 31 lakh tonnes of rice.

“Paddy procured till the end of May is 41 per cent more and the custom milled rice (CMR) delivery is 44 per cent of the kharif marketing season last year,” Food Supply Secretary Madhusudan Padhi said.

The Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation (OSCSC), the nodal agency for paddy procurement, has purchased 42.35 lakh tonnes of paddy (equivalent to 28.8 lakh tonnes of rice) by the end of May. The corporation has, however, delivered 12.4 lakh tonnes of rice out of which nearly 3 lakh tonnes have been delivered to FCI.

Bulk of the rice procured by the corporation goes to the public distribution system to meet the BPL rice quota of the State. The total annual requirement of BPL rice in the State is about 22 lakh tonnes.

The latest estimate of the State said that over 13.88 lakh tonnes of rice have been delivered till the end of May. The CMR so far delivered is more than 16 lakh tonnes which is likely to rise due to bumper rabi harvest, Padhi said. Official sources said over 5.05 lakh tonnes of rice have been delivered to FCI during the current kharif marketing season (KMS) and utilisation of storage space is 88 per cent.The State Government has requested the Central agency to evacuate at least 1.20 lakh tonnes of rice from the State every month. Accordingly, FCI has been shifting rice stock from the State to make space for rabi procurement.

The Government has planned to deliver 1.78 lakh tonnes of rice to FCI in June, the sources said. In view of the bumper production of rice, the State had to revise its procurement target from 30 to 35 lakh tonnes for 2012-13 kharif season.

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India Agriculture Ministry Plans 5% Hike in 2013-14 Paddy Rice Procurement Prices

India’s Agriculture Ministry has forwarded to state governments the suggestion by the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP) to increase the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy for the marketing year 2013-14 (October - September) by around Rs.60 per quintal (about $11 per ton) or about 5% from the previous year.

If the government accepts the CACP proposal, new procurement prices for common grade paddy will be around Rs. 1,310 per quintal (about $240 per ton), and of Grade ‘A’ paddy will be around Rs. 1,340 per quintal (about $246 per ton) in MY 2013-14. However, the proposed increment is much smaller than the 16% hike made last year when the MSP of common grade paddy rice was increased to Rs. 1,250 per quintal (about $230 per ton) and of Grade A paddy rice to Rs. 1,280 per quintal (about $235 per ton).

Earlier this month, the CACP said that there are surplus stocks of rice in India and producton of other crops such as pulses and oilseeds should be encouraged to reduce dependency on imports of those items. However, rice farmers in India say that they are being neglected because elections are approaching soon. They say that overall production costs have increased significantly from 2012-13 because of the reduction of subsidies in fuel and fertilizers this year, and the new MSP should consider these realities.

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17 paddy purchasing centres in Chittoor

Chittor : The Joint Collector Vinay Chand told to the mediapersons here on Wednesday that 17 paddy purchasing centres have been setup mostly in the eastern mandals of the district to procure paddy from the farmers during the Rabi season at a support price of 1280 quintal of fine varieties and Rs.1250 of ordinary varieties .

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India Government Rice Stocks Reach Record 35.8 Million Tons, Up 8% from Last Year

Total rice stocks in India’s central pool have increased to about 35.8 million tons as of March 1, 2013, up about 8% from about 33.2 million tons recorded on March 1, 2012, and the highest ever on record for this time of the year, according to data from the Food Corporation of India (FCI).

Current rice stocks with the government are over two-and-a-half times the buffer norms and strategic reserve requirement for rice of around 14 million tons for this time of the year. India began procurement of rice for the year 2012-13 (October to September) with record carryover rice stocks of over 23 million tons. The FCI and other government agencies are targeting total rice procurement of around 40 million tons in 2012-13, up about 14% from the previous year.

As of March 1, 2013, India's total food grain stocks have increased to a record 62.9 million tons, up about 15% from around 54.5 million tons during the same period last year. Total stocks include wheat stocks of about 27.1 million tons, up about 27.5% from around 21.3 million tons during the same time in 2012. Last year, wheat stocks had increased to over 50 million tons in June.

India is expected to face storage problems soon, as total storage space available with the government is for around 71 million tons of food grains (including covered space for around 53 million tons, and open space for around 18 million tons of food grains).

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चावल की सरकारी खरीद 272 लाख टन के पार / Rice procurement crosses 272 lakh tons

चालू खरीफ विपणन सीजन 2012-13 में न्यूनतम समर्थन मूल्य (एमएसपी) पर चावल की सरकारी खरीद 4 फीसदी बढ़कर 272.96 लाख टन हो गई है। पिछले विपणन सीजन की समान अवधि में 261.22 लाख टन की खरीद हुई है।

भारतीय खाद्य निगम (एफसीआई) के अनुसार चालू विपणन सीजन में अभी तक हुई चावल की सरकारी खरीद में सबसे ज्यादा हिस्सेदारी पंजाब, छत्तीसगढ़, आंध्रप्रदेश, हरियाणा और उड़ीसा की है। पंजाब से चालू विपणन सीजन में अभी तक 85.56 लाख टन चावल की खरीद हो चुकी है जोकि पिछले साल की समान अवधि के 77.31 लाख टन से ज्यादा है।

छत्तीसगढ़ से एमएसपी पर अभी तक 47.95 लाख टन, आंध्रप्रदेश से 35.30 लाख टन, हरियाणा से 25.96 लाख टन, उड़ीसा से 23.72 और उत्तर प्रदेश से 19.10 लाख टन चावल खरीदा गया है। केंद्रीय पूल में पहली फरवरी को चावल का कुल 353.84 लाख टन का स्टॉक मौजूद है।

खरीफ विपणन सीजन 2012-13 के लिए केंद्र सरकार ने एमएसपी पर 401 लाख टन चावल की खरीद का लक्ष्य तय किया है जोकि विपणन सीजन 2011-12 में खरीदे गए 345.62 लाख टन से 16 फीसदी ज्यादा है। केंद्र सरकार ने खरीफ विपणन सीजन 2012-13 के लिए धान के एमएसपी में 17 फीसदी की बढ़ोतरी की है।

ग्रेड-ए धान की खरीद का भाव बढ़ाकर 1,280 रुपये और कोमन ग्रेड धान की खरीद का भाव 1,250 रुपये प्रति क्विंटल तय किया हुआ है।

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No paddy lifting beyond target

BHUBANESWAR: Food supplies and consumer welfare minister Pratap Keshari Deb on Saturday told the assembly that it was not possible to lift more paddy against the government's target this year due to shortage of storage capacity. Besides, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) slowed down its process to lift rice from the state, which also posed a serious problem, he said.

Replying to a debate during question hour, the minister said the government revised its target to procure 35 lakh MT of rice during both the kharif and rabi programme due to good crops this year. The government has already procured 22.86 lakh MT of rice and was targeting to procure 3.8 lakh MT more during this kharif. Earlier, the rice procurement target was fixed at 30 lakh MT, he said, adding that procurement during rabi season would be tough due to shortage of godowns. Reacting to the demand of members, the minister said the government would take immediate action if any specific complaint came on farmers' failure to sell their produce.

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India Government 2012-13 Rice Procurement Reaches 26.3 Million Tons

The Food Corporation of India (FCI) and other government agencies have procured about 26.3 million tons of rice in the marketing year 2012-13 (October to September) as of February 21, 2013, up about 4% from around 25.2 million tons rice procurement during the same time last year, according to the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

So far, the northern state of Punjab leads with over 8.56 million tons of rice procurement, ahead of Chhattisgarh with 4.7 million tons, and Andhra Pradesh with over 3.4 million tons. Haryana and Odisha also participated in procurement with about 2.6 million tons and about 2.2 million tons rice respectively during the season.

The government is targeting total rice procurement of about 40 million tons this year, up about 14% from around 35 million tons procured in 2011-12.

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