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Telangana turned out to be the largest supplier of cotton and second largest supplier of paddy in the country. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that Telangana supplied about 178.55 lakh quintals of cotton and 94.48 lakh tonnes of paddy during the Kharif (Vaanakalam) Marketing Season of 2020-21.

Accordingly, the State’s cotton procurement is almost double the cotton procured by Maharashtra which stood at second position with 91.98 lakh quintals. The cotton crop was sold to Cotton Corporation of India which is in addition to the crop purchased by private businessmen.

Similarly, Telangana stood in second position in terms of paddy procurement with 94.48 lakh tonnes for Kharif Marketing Season 2020-21. With 135.89 lakh tonnes, Punjab secured the top slot. During the Rabi (Yasangi) Marketing Season 2020-21, Punjab and Telangana have procured an estimated 132.1 lakh tonnes and 92 lakh tonnes respectively.

The State had also purchased 6,743.84 tonnes of pulses during the ongoing procurement. All the crops were purchased from farmers at Minimum Support Price as part of the Centre’s Price Support Scheme aimed at eliminating middlemen and support farmers. All the payments to the farmers for their produce are made directly into their bank accounts by the concerned procuring agencies.
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