Raipur, 21 January 2021/ Breaking the paddy procurement record of the last 20 years, Chhattisgarh state has recorded the highest quantity of paddy procurement this year. In the ongoing procurement season this year, nearly 84 lakh 44 thousand metric tons of paddy has been procured tillJanuary 21, which is 50 thousand metric tons more than the quantity of paddy procured last year. It is noteworthy that nearly 83.94 lakh metric tons of paddy was procured in the season of last year. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, the quantity of paddy procurement as well as the number of farmers and agriculture yield has consistently increased in the last two years. As a result of the State Governments pro-farmer policy, Chhattisgarh is emerging as a model state for the country in the agriculture sector. Chhattisgarh Governments Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana has boosted the crop production in the state. In the current fiscal year, State Government has distributed the incentive amount of Rs 5750 crore to 19 lakh farmers of the state under Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana. Till date, 19 lakh 54 thousand 332 farmers have sold paddy at support price till date. DO of 27 lakh 70 thousand 693 metric tons of paddy has been issued to the millers for custom milling, against which nearly 25 lakh 45 thousand 512 metric tons of paddy has been transported already.It is noteworthy that in the year2017-18, 56.88lakh metric tonnes of paddy was procured in the state, whereas in the year2018-19, 80.83lakh metric tonnes of paddy was purchased and in the year2019-20, 83.94lakh metric tonnes of paddy. Likewise, the number of registered farmers has also increased with each passing year. In the year2017-18, 15.77lakh farmers had registered to sell paddy, whereas in the year 2018-19, the number of registered farmers increased to 16.96 lakh, and it further increased to 19.55 lakh in the year 2019-20. This year, there has been a record increase in the number of farmers registered to sell paddy at the support price, i.e. 21.52 lakh.In the Kharif year 2020-21 tillJanuary 21, 2021, one lakh 20 thousand 471 metric tonnes of paddy has been procured in Bastar district of the state. Similarly, 55 thousand 401 MT of paddy has been procured in Bijapur district, 13 thousand 401 MT in Dantewada district, 2 lakh 65 thousand 350 MT in Kanker district, one lakh 25 thousand 945 MT in Kondagaon district, 17 thousand 252 MT in Narayanpur district , 33 thousand 711 metric tons in Sukma district, 4 lakh 30 thousand 664 metric tons in Bilaspur district, Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi 64 thousand 991 metric tons, 7 lakh 71 thousand 608 metric tons in Janjgir-Champa district, one lakh in Korba district, 15 thousand 821 MT, 3 lakh 44 thousand 629 MT have been purchased in Mungeli district.Similarly, 4 lakh 98 thousand 428 MT of paddy has been procured so far in Raigarh district, 4 lakh 96 thousand 276 MT of paddy has been procured in Balod district, 5 lakh 70 thousand 736 MT in Bemetara district, 3 lakh 81 thousand 633 MT in Durg district, 3 Lakh 86 thousand 87 MT in Kawardha district, 7 lakh 3 thousand 423 MT in Rajnandgaon district, 6 lakh 4 thousand 191 MT in Balodabazar district, 4 lakh 7 thousand 864 MT in Dhamtari district, 2 lakh 94 thousand 996 MT in Gariaband district , 6 lakh 38 thousand 190 MT in Mahasamund district, 4 lakh 68 thousand 276 MT in Raipur district, one lakh 34 thousand 643 MT in Balrampur district, one lakh 273 MT in Jashpur district, one lakh 3 thousand in Korea district 960 MT of paddy, one lakh 35 thousand 683 MT of Sarguja district and one lakh 59 thousand 690 MT of paddy have been purchased in Surajpur district.