AGARTALA: The Tripura government will procure 20,000 metric tonnes of paddy at a Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 18.68 per kg to boost farmers’ income in the state.

Education minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the state government will spend Rs 5.28 crore in procuring the paddy from the farmers of the state, while the rest of the fund will be given by the centre. 

Nath claimed that the state government has taken a historic decision, unprecedented in the history of Tripura, following which Rs 37.36 crore will reach the farmers’ account.

He said that before the change of government in March 2018, no government had taken such a decision in the interest of farmers.

“No one thought about increasing the income of farmers. But since the BJP-IPFT alliance came to power, paddy has been procured from farmers at MSP, which has benefited the farmers tremendously,” Nath said.

He also claimed that the Tripura government has purchased 60,000 metric tonnes of paddy in the last three years, following which Rs 107.66 crore reached in the hands of the farmers.

According to government figures, 27,271 metric tons of paddy was purchased by the government in financial year 2018-19, 31,444 metric tons was procured in 2019-20, and 11,264 metric tons of paddy was procured in 2020-21. Nath said that while Rs 107.66 crore went to the farmers, Rs 16.28 crore of that was spent from the state treasury.

The minimum support price was also gradually increased from Rs 17.50 per kg to Rs 18.15 per kg in 2019-20 and Rs 18.68 per kg in 2020-21.

The decision to buy another 20,000 metric tons of paddy was taken by the Tripura cabinet on Wednesday, wherein paddy worth Rs 37.36 crore will be purchased from the farmers of Tripura, of which Rs 5.28 crore will be spent from the state treasury.

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