June 1, 2023

The center is committed to ensuring food security through a transparent and unified minimum support price (MSP) purchase policy for food grains by government agencies across the country, it said on Thursday.

The center has set an estimate for wheat purchases through the Food Corporation of India (FCI) of 34.2 million tonnes

The government, in its second preliminary estimate, forecasts wheat production in 2022-23 (July-June) at 112.2 million tons, up from 107.7 million tons forecast last season.

Agencies have been opened, including FCI, a sufficient number of purchasing centers have been opened, taking into account the purchasing potential and geographical coverage of the respective state. A large number of temporary purchasing centers, in addition to existing mandi and warehouses or warehouses, are also being set up at key points for the convenience of farmers.

To enable farmers to make empowered decisions about crop cultivation, the government announces WFP well in advance of planting. It introduces farmers to quality specifications and the procurement system to help farmers bring their produce to specification.

The FCI and most state governments have developed their own online purchasing system that provides transparency and convenience to farmers through proper recording and monitoring of actual purchases.

Through the e-procurement module deployed by purchasing agencies, farmers receive the latest information about the declared MSP, the nearest purchasing center, the date of purchase, etc. This not only reduced the waiting time for the delivery of the goods by the farmers, but also allowed the farmer to deliver the goods at a convenient time for him in nearest mandi.

The FCI provides food grains to the state governments for distribution through various schemes in accordance with the appropriations made by the Government of India to ensure the food security of the nation.

The government is implementing the National Food Security Act of 2013 (NFSA), which covers up to 75% of the rural population and up to 50% of the urban population, providing free food grains under the Target Public Distribution System (TPDS), thus covering about two-thirds of the total population. population, which according to the 2011 census is 81.35 crores.

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