FCI to purchase 50, 000 MT paddy from Tripura farmers: CM

AGARTALA:

In yet another boost to the economy of farmers in Tripura, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has agreed to purchase a total of 50,000 Metric Ton (MT) of paddy directly from the Tripura farmers at a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 18.15 per kg. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today informed this to the media and said, "Union minister for consumer affairs, food and public distribution Ram Vilas Paswan has assured me of the FCI's purchase of 50, 000 MT paddy from our farmers."

This perhaps has come up recently while the Chief Minister called upon Paswan along with officials of Food Corporation of India (FCI) in his office at Delhi to discuss over paddy procurement keeping the farmer's concerns in mind.

Last year, for the first time, paddy procurement was done in Tripura after the BJP-IPFT government came to power. Paddy was procured directly from the farmers at MSP of Rs 17.50 per kg from across the state.

In the first two phases, the state government had procured 10,000 MT and 16,870 MT paddy (last season), respectively, directly from the farmers at MSP. This has however rendered a major boost to the pro-farmer policy of the BJP lead government at the centre and state which aims to double up the farmers' income by 2020.