Government has procured more than 600 lakh tonnes of paddy in the current Kharif Marketing Season. The Agriculture Ministry said this is an increase of 17.89 per cent against the last year corresponding purchase of around 512 lakh tonnes. 

Out of the total purchase, Punjab alone has contributed over 202 lakh tonnes which is 33.57 per cent of total procurement. The Ministry said, the procurement of paddy is continuing smoothly in the procuring States and Union Territories of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Karnataka and West Bengal. 

It said, more than 88 Lakhs farmers have already benefited from the ongoing procurement Operations with MSP value of over one lakh 14 thousand crore rupees.

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