new Delhi. Farmers have laid siege to Delhi in protest against the new Farmers Act and are demanding the government to legally validate the purchase of crops at the Minimum Support Price (MSP). This movement has been started by the farmers of Punjab, but if we look at the purchase of farmers’ produce on MSP in Punjab, then it shows that the government has been doing the government on the fixed MSP, mostly purchasing the produce and in recent years from Punjab Procurement has increased. Farmers of Haryana are also agitating in some places and in Haryana also the government buys most of the wheat and paddy produced by the farmer at the support price. Farmers in Haryana and Punjab sell most of their wheat and paddy to the government at a support price, despite its agitation and demanding the government to implement the MSP legally.
Punjab and Haryana mainly produce wheat and rice and according to the data of the Ministry of Food and Consumer, if we look at the production and purchase of rice and wheat in Punjab and Haryana during the last 5 years, it shows that Punjab Most of the non-basmati rice produced in the state has been procuring from farmers at the support price and every year government procurement from Punjab is increasing.
According to the Consumer Ministry, during 2018-19, the production of non-basmati rice in Punjab was 128.22 lakh tonnes and out of that, the government had purchased more than 88 percent i.e. 113.3 lakh tonnes.
Rice production and government procurement in Punjab during 5 years
If we talk about wheat, its purchase is also increasing every year and most of the wheat is purchased by the government at the support price and stored in government warehouses. During the crop year 2018-19, 182.44 lakh tonnes of wheat was produced in Punjab and the government purchased 129.12 lakh tonnes during the marketing year 2019-20.
Wheat production and government procurement in Punjab for 5 years
If we talk about Haryana, then there is the same situation as Punjab, Government procurement of rice is increasing every year in Haryana, 45.16 lakh tonnes of non-basmati rice was produced in Haryana during 2018-19 and from that 87 percent The government bought more i.e. 39.42 lakh tonnes.
Rice production and procurement in Haryana during 5 years
Most of the wheat produced in Haryana also goes to the government godowns, 125.74 lakh tonnes of wheat was produced in Haryana in the crop year 2018-19 and more than 74 percent i.e. 93.20 lakh tonnes was purchased by the government in the marketing year 2019-20.
Wheat production and government procurement in Haryana during 5 years
The government procurement of wheat and rice on MSP is the highest in the country and Punjab and Haryana are the farmers here and there is agitation in front of the government to make MSP purchase legal. The government buys more than 38 percent of the rice that is produced in the country, and similarly the government buys more than 33 percent of the total wheat produced. Every year more than 110 million tonnes of rice and 100 million tonnes of wheat are produced in the country and if the government starts buying all the wheat and rice at the support price, then it will put a lot of burden on the government exchequer and in the current circumstances This may not be possible.