Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 24:
The Odisha government has decided to follow the paddy procurement model of the neighbouring state Chhatisgarh, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjaya Dasburma said in the State Assembly on Monday.
“I would visit Chhattisgarh to study the prevailing practices in paddy procurement and mandi management to ensure streamlining and proper coordination in paddy procurement process in Odisha”, the minister said while replying to the admissibility of an adjournment motion.
Refuting the charges of the Opposition that the farmers are resorting to distress sale of paddy due to lack of any transparent procurement policy and that huge quantities of paddy stacked in mandis await collection, Dasburma said the state government has taken several steps to procure paddy from the farmers.
While procurement has been completed in Sambalpur, Sonepur, Nuapada and Bargarh districts, there was no stock of paddy in mandis in Puri, Rayagada and Koraput districts.
However, paddy collection in three Mandis in Kalahandi is still going on, the minister informed the House.
He also apprised the members that an estimated 22. 28 lakh MT of rice against the target of 35 lakh MT had already been procured across the state during the current procurement year.
Besides, procurement for Rabi crop has been started and so far 5.29 lakh MT rice has been collected against the target of 8.35 lakh MT since May last, he added.
Referring to the measures taken to ensure hassle-free procurement of paddy from the farmers, he said a state level committee would be formed for better coordination among the Agriculture, Cooperation and Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare departments.