The Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state agencies have procured 39.76 lakh metric tonnes of paddy during the Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2022-23 in Haryana. The procurement drive has been a significant relief for farmers who have been grappling with the impact of Covid-19 and other challenges.
A total of 2.82 lakh farmers have benefited from the procurement drive, with payments made directly into their bank accounts. This move has brought a great relief to the farmers who have been struggling with the impact of Covid-19 pandemic and rising input costs. The timely payment will enable them to invest in their farms and prepare for the upcoming sowing season.
The FCI and state agencies have been working tirelessly to ensure that farmers receive a fair price for their produce, and the direct payment mechanism has ensured that farmers receive timely and transparent payment. This move has also helped eliminate middlemen, who were previously taking a large chunk of the profits.
Direct payment to farmers has been a long-standing demand from farmer organizations across the country. It not only ensures that farmers receive a fair price for their produce, but also empowers them to make informed decisions about their farm operations. The direct payment mechanism has also helped to improve transparency and accountability in the procurement process.
The FCI and state agencies have played a crucial role in supporting farmers during these challenging times. With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, farmers have faced numerous challenges such as rising input costs, labor shortages, and market disruptions. The timely payment for their produce has provided much-needed relief to farmers and helped to sustain their livelihoods.
The direct payment mechanism implemented by FCI and state agencies for paddy procurement during KMS 2022-23 in Haryana has been a significant step towards empowering farmers and improving transparency in the procurement process. This move has provided much-needed relief to farmers who have been struggling with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and other challenges. The government must continue to support farmers by implementing such initiatives and ensuring that farmers receive a fair price for their produce.