As per recent information available it has been indicated that Chhattisgarh plans mega paddy procurement from the farmers at minimum support price (MSP) in the on-going kharif marketing season. According to the state government, it has been informed that 117 out of 150 tehsils as drought-hit and it had taken a loan of Rs 10,000 crore from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for purchasing paddy from the farmers. Even the state-run Marketing Federation (MARKFED), the nodal agency for procurement, had purchased sacks worth Rs 60 crore. It has been also revealed that the MSP for the common variety paddy at Rs 1,410 per quintal and Rs 1,450 per quintal for grain variety and Chhattisgarh stands to purchase about 7 MT paddy from the amount it had taken as loan and over 10 million sacks purchased for Rs 60 crore. Now, the question arises from where the MARKFED would get the calculated paddy quantity when the yield in about three-fourth part of the state is less than 50 paise.
Further, in this context, Virendra Pandey leader and former minister of Chhattisgarh said that why the state government had taken a loan of Rs 10,000 crore and purchased such a huge quantity of sacks is beyond understanding, while the expected quantity of paddy was not going to come at any cost, the possibility of paddy from neighboring states consumed under shady deal could not be ruled out. He narrated that the state government should clear the doubt from where it would get over 7 MT paddy this year. He also said that the paddy procurement in the state started on November 16 and would continue till January 31, 2016. The MARKFED had set up 1976 centers under the 1,287 primary agriculture co-operative societies across the state for the purchase. The state government had already revised the estimates for the kharif season 2015-16 following scanty rainfall. Initially, it had set a target to produce 12 million tonnes of paddy but later revised it to 9 million tonnes.
He gives a statement that in the kharif marketing season 2014-15, Chhattisgarh had produced about 6.5 MT of paddy at MSP that was likely to further reduce this year. In 2013-14, over 8 million tonnes of paddy was purchased from the farmers. The department had been expected a yield of 18 kilogram rice per hectare this year as against the state’s normal productivity of about 35 kilogram per hectare.