Advance paddy procurement by one month : Stalin urges PM

Tamilndu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to issue suitable instructions
co the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare to advance the procurement of paddy this Kharif season by one month, to September one instead of October one, 2022 to safeguard the interests of farmers.

In a Demi-Official letter to the Prime Minister, copies of which were released to the media here, the Chief Minister said as Tamilnadu
has experienced a favourable agricultural season this year, the order of the Union Government of India to procure paddy from
September one would immensely help farmers of Tamilnadu to fetch remunerative price for paddy and realize the benefit of
increased MSP for the Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2022 by the Centre.

He said for the first time since Independence, the Mettur reservoir has been opened for Kuruvai paddy cultivation on May 24 ahead
of the conventional date of June 12.

Due to the judicious use of irrigation water during the last paddy season and due to beneficial rains, the storage position of Mettur reservoir is quite comfortable this year.