Centre meets state food secretaries to discuss procurement during rabi season


Estimates for wheat procurement during RMS 2024-25 are about 300-320 LMT and for paddy procurement in KMS 2023-24 

The Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD), Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India, organised a meeting of State Food Secretaries on 28.02.2024 at New Delhi to discuss the procurement arrangements for Rabi Crops in Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2024-25 and in Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2023-24. The Secretary, DFPD, Government of India, chaired the meeting.

Various factors impacting procurement such as forecast of weather conditions, production estimates, and readiness of States were reviewed. After deliberations, the estimates for wheat procurement during the ensuing RMS 2024-25 were fixed in the range of 300-320 LMT. Similarly, the estimates for paddy procurement in terms of rice during KMS 2023-24 (Rabi Crop) were fixed in the range of 90 – 100 LMT. 

A quantity of around 6.00 LMT of coarse grains /millets (Shri Anna) has also been estimated for procurement by the States during the KMS 2023-24 (Rabi crop). States/UTs were advised to focus on the procurement of millets for the diversification of crops and enhanced nutrition in dietary patterns.

Besides, the State Government of Telangana shared the good practices adopted in respect of Supply Chain Optimization and indicated a saving of Rs 16 Crore annually through this environment-friendly initiative by the Government of India. The government of Uttar Pradesh shared the successful initiative regarding linking e-PoS with an electronic weighing scale which has effectively ensured the supply of foodgrains to the beneficiaries as per their entitled quantity.

Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare presented their evaluation study on the Digital Maturity of State MSP procurement applications. State Governments were advised to adopt or improvise their existing applications in line with the standard and core features of the AgriStack portal, to bring about transparency and efficiency in the procurement system, before the start of KMS 2024-25.

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