Rice procurement has been estimated at 518 lakh metric tonnes for Kharif crop of Kharif Marketing Season 2022-23. Government said all the states are geared up for hassle-free procurement in the days to come. Procurement of paddy in Tamil Nadu has begun. About 2.71 lakh metric tonnes of paddy has been procured till yesterday as compared to nil procurement last year.
In order to supplement the nutritional requirements of public, government has mandated procurement of rice in the form of fortified rice during this year. A quantity of 13.71 Lakh Metric Tonne coarse grains, considered as ‘Nutri-Cereals’, has also been proposed for procurement by the States during the forthcoming Kharif Marketing Season.