Bhopal:  Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said the state has procured a record 84 lakh metric tonnes of wheat this year on MSP.
   
He added that though the country's economic growth rate is declining, the state growth rate has touched 10.02 percent mark.
   
"Though country's economic growth rate is declining, the state's growth rate has touched 10.02 percent mark," Chouhan told reporters, expressing satisfaction over procurement of record 84 lakh metric tonnes of wheat on MSP.
   
Chouhan said even in the agriculture sector while the country's growth rate was just two percent, the state has achieved a nine percent growth rate and is likely to cross 10 percent mark this year.
   
Out of the 84 lakh metric tonnes of wheat, 70 lakh metric tonnes has been safely stored, he added.
   
A total of Rs 11,637 crore will be paid to 10.08 lakh farmers towards procurement of their wheat which included Rs 834 crore bonus paid by the Madhya Pradesh government from its own resources, Chouhan said.
   
He added that so far Rs 11,000 crore has already been paid to 9.38 lakh farmers while the rest 78,000 will get the remaining payment of Rs 634 crore in next three days.
   
For the bumper production of foodgrains, Chouhan gave credit to the hard labour put in by farmers and also to the state government for its policies.
   
Referring to crisis of shortage of gunny bags for storage of wheat, Chouhan said the state government has decided not to rely on Centre fully for its supply and will make arrangements for them in advance from private players.

(Agencies)

 


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