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NEW DELHI-Retreat on Food Front

NEW DELHI Retreat on Food Front B M IN a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha last week, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, A P Shinde, made an important disclosure which has not received the attention it deserves. The Minister revealed that procurement of rice so far was barely 2.5 million tonnes as against the target of 4.6 million tonnes. The target itself, it may be recalled, had been scaled down at the Chief Ministers' conference from the 5.3 million tonnes recommended by the Agricultural Prices Commission. The reason advanced for this was the floods in some parts of the country, though it was admitted that despite the floods the kharif crop this year was a bumper one and estimates of total production were kept intact.

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