Bhubaneswar, Sept 26 (LocalWire): Odisha government has made it mandatory for farmers to furnish their Aadhar identity proof to be eligible for paddy procurement from government agencies.
The Cabinet today approved food procurement policy, 2019-20 to regulate all aspects of paddy and rice procurement during ensuing Kharif marketing season (KMS).
The KMS will begin from 1 October and will continue till 30 September, 2020, said officials.
The government has set a target to procure 60 lakh metric tonnes of paddy in the KMS while 65.49 lakh tonnes of paddy was procured in 2018-19 season.
However, there is no bar on higher procurement if more registered farmers come to ‘mandis’.
The food supplies and consumer welfare minister is authorized to revise the target as and when it is required.
Aadhar is the only identity proof needed for a farmer to sell paddy to the government. The paddy must meet with FAQ specification of the Centre for procurement, said officials.
Paddy will be procured from farmers registered in the online portal of food supplies and consumer welfare. Farmers will have to provide plot details for registration.
The plot details will be verified with Bhulekh database maintained by revenue and disaster management department, they said.
The farmers will be paid online to their bank accounts. The payment will be made within 24-48 hours duration from the sale of paddy.
Government procures paddy in khariff and Rabi season with minimum support price through procurement centres and is milled through custom millers.
The rice procured is pumped into state’s public distribution system and the surplus rice is delivered to the central pool through Food Corporation of India.
As per Centre’s agriculture policy, the minimum support price (MSP) of a quintal of procured paddy of common variety is fixed at Rs 1815 while it’s Rs 1835 per quintal for grade A variety of paddy, officials added.