By Local Wire Bureau
Bhubaneswar, September 24 (Local Wire) Here is a piece of good news for small and marginal farmers in Odisha.
The State cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday waived mandatory provision of deduction of three quintals of paddy from the marketable surplus paddy.
Earlier, a farmer was allowed to sale his/her paddy stock after deducting three quintal per family member for personal consumption requirement. It affected sharecroppers the most as after deduction they were hardly left with surplus paddy.
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said waiver of the provision would facilitate more small and marginal farmers and actual tillers of soil including sharecroppers into the procurement fold.
“Payment of farmers’ dues for paddy sold to Government will be transferred directly to their bank accounts through online mode. All such payments will be made within 24 to 72 hours of their sale of paddy,” he informed.
The cabinet also approved the food and procurement policy for the Kharif marketing season 2018-19 to regulate all aspects of paddy and rice procurement.
“The State has set a target of procuring 55 lakh tonne of paddy from farmers. It will be equivalent to 37 lakh tonne of rice. There is no bar for procurement of any higher quantum if more paddy comes to mandis from registered farmers,” Padhi said.
As per the decision, paddy (kharif crop) will be procured during the period from November 2018 to April 2019 and paddy (rabi crop) will be procured from May to June 2019. While the MSP of common variety of paddy is Rs 1750 per quintal, the grade-A variety is priced at Rs 1770 per quintal.
Paddy (both kharif and rabi crops) to the tune of 49.06 lakh tonne was procured during Kharif marketing season 2017-18.
The Chief Secretary said Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation (OSCSC) will procure paddy in all districts and other State agencies, if necessary, will be deployed in rice-surplus districts only.
“Paddy would be procured from farmers who are registered in online portal. The procuring societies will endeavour to bring more small and marginal farmers and actual tillers including sharecroppers to the fold so that they can receive the benefits of MSP,” Padhi added.