New Delhi, May 5 : Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare on Tuesday said pulses and oilseeds worth Rs 2,682 crore has been procured till May 2, benefitting above 3.25 lakh farmers.
'A quantity of 2,61,565 MT of pulses and 3,17,473 MT of oilseeds has been procured under Rabi 2020-21 season till May 2 at MSP value of Rs 2,682 crore benefitting 3,25,565 farmers. Of this, a quantity of 14,859 MT Pulses and 6706 MT of Oilseeds was procured on 1st and 2nd May, 2020 in six States namely Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana,' the Ministry said in a statement.
Besides, in Rabi Marketing Season 2020-21, a total of 1,87,97,767 MT wheat arrived in FCI, out of which 1,81,36,180 MT has been purchased. There has been a significant rise in Sowing Area Coverage of summer crops such as rice, pulses, course cereals and oilseeds. About 34.80 lakh ha area coverage under summer rice as compared to 25.26 lakh ha during the corresponding period of last year.
About 8.77 lakh area coverage under pulses as compared to 5.44 lakh ha during the corresponding period of last year. About 9.12 lakh area coverage under coarse cereals as compared to 5.49 lakh ha during the corresponding period of last year. About 8.87 lakh ha area coverage under oilseeds as compared to 7.00 lakh ha during the corresponding period of last year. The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare is taking several measures to facilitate the farmers and farming activities at field level during the lockdown period in the wake of Covid 19 pandemic.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Scheme during the lockdown period from March 24 till date, about 9.06 crore farmer families have been benefited and an amount of Rs 18,134 crore has been released so far. (UNI)