No truth in reports of Centre stopping paddy procurement in TS: FCI

The Central department of food and public distribution on Saturday clarified that paddy procurement in Telangana is continuing as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the state government and the Food Corporation of India (FCI).

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  27 Nov 2021 11:30 AM GMT
No truth in reports of Centre stopping paddy procurement in TS: FCI

Hyderabad: The Central department of food and public distribution on Saturday clarified that paddy procurement in Telangana is continuing as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the state government and the Food Corporation of India (FCI).

"The paddy procurement will continue to take place as before at the existing Minimum Support Price (MSP). Factually wrong news is being spread around and being reported in a section of media that Centre has stopped paddy procurement in Telangana," the FCI said in a release on Saturday.

On Friday, the Centre said it will procure 40 lakh tonnes of Kharif rice and reiterated that it would not purchase paddy from Telangana during Rabi season. It asked Telangana not to sow paddy during Rabi season.

Talks were held between the Union minister for food and public distribution system Piyush Goyal and the Telangana delegation comprising ministers S. Niranjan Reddy, Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Ch. Malla Reddy, chief secretary Somesh Kumar and senior officials of agriculture and civil supplies departments.

The state government asked the Centre to procure paddy from Telangana during Rabi season and asked the Centre to declare the annual paddy procurement target. The Centre rejected both these demands and categorically stated that it would not purchase paddy from Telangana. It said it was also not possible to declare the annual paddy procurement target in advance.

Piyush Goyal asked the state government to tell farmers not to sow paddy during Rabi season henceforth as the Food Corporation of India will not purchase it.

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