As per the comprehensive pro-farmer plan chalked out by the Biplab Kumar Deb-led government, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) would purchase 50,000 MT paddy directly from the farmers in Tripura at Minimum Support Price of Rs. 18.15 per kg.
The decision was taken during Chief Minister’s meeting with Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Cabinet Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and the FCI officials in New Delhi today.
The Chief Minister met the Union Minister as part of his Delhi visit to attend the meeting on proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) convened by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
First time paddy procurement starts in Tripura after the BJP Gov’t came in power. With help of central Govt’s Biplab Deb Gov’t had started to purchase paddy in 2018 directly from the farmers at Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs. 17.50 per kg.
In the first two phases, the state government had procured 10,000 MT and 16,870 MT paddy (last season) directly from the farmers respectively on MSP rates.
Now this time, 50,000 MT paddy would be purchased directly from the farmers at MSP of Rs. 18.15 —the FCI authority in the meeting today agreed to arrange both the investment and machinery required for the paddy procurement process.
After today decision the farmers would register a huge monetary benefit and it would have major contribution towards the efforts made by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in order to achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2020.
Meanwhile, the Biplab Kumar Deb-led government already initiated several plans with an aim to increase production and welfare of farmers.
The same farmers, who were earlier selling rice at a lower rate, are now receiving benefits following the pro-farmer decisions by the state government.
CM also informed Ram Vilas Paswan about his commitment to provide free, clean and pure water under Atal Jaladhara Mission, which will be delivered to every household in Tripura by December 2022 and water quality will be as per BIS standard.
During today’s meeting, the Chief Minister and the Union Minister also had a productive discussion on various matters related to Food and other issues.