New Delhi, October 4: The Government agencies have procured 3740.47 million tones of pulse as till Sunday during ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS). The Centre has directed FCI (Food Corporation of India) and NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd.) to procure Kharif pulses from the farmers to ensure maximum selling price for their crops.
The agencies have set up 417 procurement centres in pulses producing states to ensure their reach to the farm gates for procurement of Moong and Urad. More centres will be set up if required on the arrival of Tur crop.
So far, FCI has procured 1075.34 MT and NAFED 2665.13 MT pulses since the arrival of Kharif pulses during ongoing KMS 2016-17. The Government has set up the procurement target of 50,000 MT Kharif pulses during current KMS for its buffer stock.
The Government is concerned about the inflating prices of the pulses and taken various measures to address the same. Govt also established various centres to provide pulses at cheap rates. Govt also took actions against the people engaged in black trade over the pulses.