Agri Min Approves Procurement of Toor under PSS for Maharashtra
Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has approved the procurement of one lakh MT of
Toor under PSS upto 31st May, 2017 for Maharashtra. The proposal for implementation of Price
Support Scheme (PSS) for procurement of Toor during the current Kharif season 2016-17 was
received from Government of Maharashtra. As per their proposal, it was mentioned that
expected production of Toor in Maharashtra will be 12.56 lakhs MT and they have requested for
procurement of 2 lakhs quintal during 1st November, 2016 – 29th January, 2017.
This proposal was transferred to Department of Consumer Affairs to create a buffer stock of
pulses by making procurement directly from the farmers at MSP plus bonus under Price
Stabilization Fund (PSF). This procurement continued till 22nd April, 2017 and around 4 lakhs
MT of Toor was procured which is 31.95% of total expected production. Due to continuous
arrival, State Government had decided to procure the Toor from the farmers who have been
registered or token has been issued till 22nd April, 2017 at various procurement centres from
their own resources.
On 5th May, 2017, request for implementation of PSS was again received from Government of
Maharashtra. In the fresh proposal they had requested for procurement of 20 lakhs quintal (2
lakhs MT) of Toor upto 31st May, 2017. They have also informed that as per their third estimate
the expected production in the State will be 20.35 lakhs MT. The notification for harvesting
period of Kharif Toor was revised from September to March and extended upto 31st May, 2017.
Considering the proposal, this Department has approved the procurement of one lakh MT of
Toor under PSS upto 31st May, 2017 with the condition that the procurement already made as
per State Government Notification dated 27.4.2017 shall not be reimbursed or adjusted from the
procurement made under PSS and State Government will make necessary arrangements for
godown space and other resources for smooth PSS operation in the State.