Hindustan Times (East UP)



LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh (UP) government has purchased around 4.92 lakh metric tonnes wheat so far since the beginning of this month at the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 1,975 benefittin­g 94,590 farmers till now, the government said in a statement.

“Amid the rising coronaviru­s cases, the farmers are made to follow the COVID protocolus­e of sanitisers, masks and social distancing while the procuremen­t process is on,” said the government statement.

“In the Rabi marketing year 2021-22, the procuremen­t of wheat directly from farmers under the minimum support price (MSP) scheme commenced on April 1. The government has increased the MSP of wheat from Rs 1,925 in 2020-21 to Rs 1,975 in 2021-22. “About 4.92 lakh metric tonnes of wheat have been procured till April 21 as against 53,679 .17 MT in the previous year (in same period). Until now,94590 farmers from various districts have benefitted as compared to last year,” said Manish Chauhan, Commission­er, Food and Civil Supplies Department.

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