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Madhya Pradesh becomes the top wheat procurer; Purchased for Rs 25,000 crores from farmers

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MP becomes country's top wheat procurer

Rural economy of the Madhya Pradesh (MP) was inducted with Rs 25,000 crore as the state government procured large amount of wheat from its farmers as a result MP becomes India’s largest wheat procurer for the year 20-21 surpassing Punjab. MP also produced the highest amount of wheat this year about 30 million tonnes.

 Wheat Procurement in million tonnes

Marketing Year Punjab Madhya Pradesh
2020-2021 12.76 12.77*
2019-2020 13 6.72
2018-2019 12.69 7.28
2017-2018 11.70 6.72

*The procurement is said to reach around 13 million tonnes when the process closes in the following weeks.

Key Points:

i.Wheat purchased this year is 73% more than last year. 

ii.From the usual, 1 million farmers there is a 60% rise in the number of farmers who sell wheat to the government this year. 

iii.As there was a 28% increase in procurement this year about 2,000 godowns and other facilities are being converted into procurement centres to avoid delay in transportation. 

Note: The principle secretary food and civil supplies of State, Sheo Shekhar Shukla stated that Rs 20,500 crore has been deposited into the bank accounts of more than 1.6million farmers mostly small and marginal farmers.  

Technological intervention: MP government has a computerised  SMS system for e-procurement available as  Govt eProcurement System – NIC app platform or the website http://mptenders.gov.in/nicgep/app, the system was used to educated registered farmers during the lockdown on precautions needed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. 

About Madhya Pradesh:

Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Cooperative Minister – Govind Singh Rajput
Principle Secretary of Food Civil Supplies-Sheo Shekhar Shukla
Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection- It is responsible for ensuring the availability of essential commodities and checking malpractices in the supply of food grains and other notified items.