The state Government has set rice purchase target at 30-lakh metric ton (MT) for the kharif marketing season of this fiscal year.

State Cabinet has approved the food and procurement policy for the kharif marketing season for 2013-14.

Government agencies would purchase around 28 lakh quintals of rice, remaining two quintals will be purchased through levy, official sources said.

Minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 1,360 per quintal has been fixed by state government for common paddy and Rs 1,400 per quintal for Grade-A paddy during this kharif season.