Paddy purchase touches 100 lakh tonne

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New Delhi, Oct 26 (UNI) The Food Corporation of India (FCI) and other government agencies, engaged in Kharif 2007-08 procurement, have so far procured 100 lakh tonne of paddy from farmers at Minimum Support Price (MSP).

The procurement is in full swing in paddy procurment states and keeping in view the present trends of arrival in mandies (markets), procurement could reach 256 lakh tonne of paddy and 276 lakh tonnes of rice during the current season, a FCI release said here today.

Such quantum of procurement will fill up the government food kitty with sufficient stocks for Public Distribution System (PDS) and other welfare schemes of the government through the year, the release added.

UNI

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