A cabinet meeting on Monday, presided over by the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Dr. Raman Singh decided to start purchasing paddy and maize from the farmers soon at minimum support price (MSP). The cabinet has green flagged a proposal to allow procurement centers centers to start operations 15 days before normal schedule this year. It has decided to start purchasing the cereals from November 1. While the process of purchasing paddy will come to an end on January 31 next year, government has decided to keep purchasing maize till May 31, 2019.
The meeting presided over by Dr. Singh also decided the custom milling policy for paddy and maize, as per the advice by a ministerial sub-committee. Notably, the Union government has decided an MSP of Rs. 1750 per quintal for average kind of paddy and Rs. 1770 for grade-A pproduce. Maize will be purchased at an MSP of Rs. 1770 per quintal.
The cabinet also decided to purchase maximum 15 quintal per acre of farmland of paddy and 10 quintal per acre of Maize. According to sources, farmers have already been registered for the process of puchasing paddy and maize at MSP. That’s is going to be the first time that maize grower farmers have been registered with the government. Now, the price of procured maize, like paddy, would be credited with the farmers’ bankers under Direct Benefit Transfer scheme in a digital way.
It may be noted here that the government of India had decided to pay Rs. 10 per quintal for custom milling of ‘Arwa’ rice and Rs. 20 per quintal for custom milling of ‘Ushna’ rice during financial year 2017-18. The state government decided to follow this formula for the Kharif marketing year 2018-19 too. >