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The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has achieved its target to procure 10,000 metric tonne (MT) of paddy from various locations in Tripura and closed their mission for the current year.
This was for the first time the FCI has gone for procurement of paddy at a minimum support price of Rs 17.50 per Kg. Official sources in the food department said the Corporation officials are happy with their achievement in the first year.

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is also happy with the success and requested the Union Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Ram Vilash Paswan to increase the target to 30,000 MT for the next year. The farmers of the State also were happy with the procurement drive. It not only paid them the minimum support price but also ensured the remunerative price in the open market.

The traders used to force the farmers to sell their product at a cost less than the production cost by creating an artificial scarcity of demand. But this time they also paid a much higher price. There is case of distress sale this year, said one Food department official. The Food department is expecting a surge in paddy production next year as the farmers community is very much encouraged with the remunerative price they have got this year.