Government agencies have procured an estimated 51.8 million tonnes of rice so far (till 29 September) during Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2022-23, as against 50.98 million tonnes procured during KMS 2021-22.
Further, all the states are geared up for hassle free procurement in the days to come. Procurement of paddy in Tamil Nadu has commenced and about 2.71 lakh metric tonnes of paddy has been procured up to 29 September, 2022 as compared to nil procurement last year.
Based on the information furnished by the state governments, state-wise procurement estimates and timelines of procurement and milling has been finalised at the state food secretaries meeting held on 30 August 2022.
In order to supplement the nutritional requirements of the public at large, it has been mandated by GoI to procure rice in the form of fortified rice during this year.
Further, a quantity of 1.37 million tones of coarse grains (considered as ‘Nutri-Cereals’) has also been proposed for procurement by the states during the forthcoming KMS 2022-23 as against actual procurement of 6.3 lakh tonnes procured during KMS 2021-22.