Government has said that the total procurement of Paddy across all States in the country has increased by 48 per cent from 17.7 Lakh tonne last year to over 26 lakh tonne this year. The Agriculture Ministry said, in the ongoing Kharif Season, Punjab registered an unprecedented increase of procurement from 1.76 lakh tonne last year to around 16 lakh tonne this year, which is more than 900 per cent of the Kharif procurement so far as compared to last year.
The Ministry said, in Tamil Nadu, paddy procurement was nine thousand 517 tonne as against 320 tonne. Similarly, in Uttar Pradesh, paddy procurement so far in Kharif Marketing Season 2020-21 has been four thousand 423 tonne this year as against 92 tonne last year on 8th October. It said, both States have seen significant jumps in procurement.