CHHATTISGARH: Chhattisgarh has created opportunities out of the new normal in the Covid year when death and economic uncertainty have lurked all around, straining the resources and hitting at the very base of rural sustenance: agriculture. To its credit, the state has recorded the highest paddy procurement on Minimum Support Price (MSP) since the state was carved out from Madhya Pradesh in the year 2000.
As lockdown caused hundreds of migrants to return home and take to farming, the state strengthened its procurement mechanism and lifted the stocks, in turn benefitting the distressed farmers. Cited as the ‘rice bowl of central India’, the state during the kharif year 2020-21 has procured over 92 lakh metric tonnes of paddy. A record 95.38% of the registered farmers have sold their produce on MSP. As per official figures, 20.53 lakh farmers of the 21.52 lakh sold paddy this year from December 1, 2020 to January 31, the duration fixed for paddy procurement.
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