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With unsold paddy in yards, Odisha farmers wary of rains

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bargarh, June 5:

About 1.5 lakh bags of paddy are lying unsold in different market yards of Odisha’s Bargarh district.

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With the monsoons already hitting the Kerala coast today and the weatherman predicting its break over state in the second week of this month, farmers are worried over rains playing spoilsport with their produce which is lying under the open sky in different market yards (procurement centres) in the district.

Hundreds of bags of paddy are lying unsold under the open sky at the Resham Market Yard for a fortnight. The situation is no different in the 77 market yards in the district. By last Thursday (June 4) 1, 54,582 bags of paddy were lying unsold in different market yards of the district. With monsoon approaching and apprehensions of their paddy lying in market yards getting damaged in the event of rain, farmers have asked the district supplies officer for quick lifting of paddy from market yards before rains play havoc.

“Our paddy is lying at the market yard since 15th of last month but there are no buyers to be seen. We don’t have money to pay labourers and transporters, who had brought our paddy to the market yard. They are pestering us for their payment while we have no money left with us. We are in great difficulty,” said Sanak Patra, a farmer at the market yard.

“I am a farmer listed with the Resham Market Yard. We have no idea when our paddy is going to get sold. We do not know when we will start cultivation of the next crop. We are worried as the rains are approaching,” said another farmer Sankhyakari Khamari.

However, the district supplies officer said that the entire stock of paddy lying in different market yards of the district will be lifted/procured within a week.

“Procurement process is on. In Atabira 1.23 lakh bags are lying in different market yards. We are lifting it from different market yards using trucks. Lifting of paddy bags lying in different market yards of the district will be completed within seven days. In Resham Market yard, 6,000 bags are lying, some are also lying in other market yards, lifting will be completed within three to four days,” said Ramakanta Ranasingh, district supplies officer, Bargarh.