Bhubaneswar, Dec 11:
The state government will set up seven new mandis for procurement of maize from farmers at right price in Nawarangpur district.
In reply to a question by Pottangi MLA Ramchandra Kadam in the Odisha Assembly today, Cooperation minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said the government has already taken steps to establish mandis in Kosagumuda, Nandahandi, Tentulikhunti, Papadahandi, Dabugaon, Jharigaon and Chandahandi blocks of Nawarangpur district for procurement of maize.
Arukh said since Central government fixes the minimum support prices of agricultural commodities, the state government has nothing to do with regard to prices of maize. He said that the commodity was being procured from cultivators at Rs 1310 for the financial year 2013-14.
MLA Kadam stated that the three mandis established by the government in the district are not enough for procurement of maize as it was being grown in 64.33 thousand hectare farm lands. He alleged that businessmen from other states are taking advantage of the absence of enough mandis in the state to buy maize from the growers at prices much lower than the support price fixed by the Union government.
The Congress MLA had sought a reply from the minister on the government’s actions regarding collection of excess maize from growers in Nabarangpur district.