Over 12 lakh tonne paddy reaches Haryana mandis

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Chandigarh, Oct 12 (UNI) Over 12.82 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of paddy has arrived in mandis of Haryana so far.

Of the total arrival, six government procuring agencies have procured 7.39 lakh tonnes of paddy so far while the millers have purchased 5.43 lakh MTs, Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan said today.

He said the Central government had announced a bonus of Rs 50 per quintal for the purchase of paddy and this step would help in getting more paddy for the Central pool.

He said HAFED had procured 3.22 lakh MTs of paddy, Food and Supplies Department 2.42 lakh MTs, Agro Industries Corporation 84,932 MTs, Confed 65,604 MTs, Haryana Warehousing Corporation 20,887 MTs of paddy and Food Corporation of India 2,794 MTs.

Mr Chander Mohan said a sum of Rs 985 crore has been arranged as cash credit limit. He said the payment to the farmers was being made within 48 to 72 hours and the government was providing Rs 675 per quintal to the farmers as MSP.

He said a target of 20 lakh tonnes of paddy had been fixed by the state government for the current Kharif season.

UNI

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