According to the ministry, a conference of food secretaries of the states under the Chairmanship of Food Secretary Ravi Kant was held on Thursday in which prospects of production of wheat and rice along with their procurement were discussed.
While the government will procure 16 lakh tonnes of wheat from Rajasthan, the amount will be two lakh tonnes in Bihar, one lakh tonnes in Uttarakhand and 50,000 tonnes in the remaining states.
The Ministry said the estimated procurement of 55 lakh tonnes of rice (rabi) would be over and above the procurement of 375 lakh tonnes of rice of Kharif season.
The major procurement of rice will be done from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as estimated figures are pegged at 19 lakh tonnes and 18 lakh tonnes respectively.
In the same conference, the states were asked to increase the number of procurement centres to make proper arrangement, to give wide publicity to Minimum Support Price (MSP) and Fair Average Quality (FAQ), besides ensuring quick payment to farmers, it said.
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