Kendrapara, May 30 (LocalWire): Inadequate supply of paddy seeds from the government has created a major hurdle for Kendrapara farmers during the current Kharif season.
The supply centers in all nine blocks of the district have not stocked sufficient paddy seeds for distribution, farmers have alleged.
“We need at least 75,000 quintals of seeds but the agriculture department can supply only 16,000 quintals,” said a farmer.
Odisha Seed Corporation (OSC), which stocks the paddy seeds, supplies them to the centers. “All farmers don’t need paddy seeds, so we sought 16,000 quintals from OSC.
“We will get more seeds from the OSC and will distribute them through the cooperative societies in the district,” said district agriculture officer Mitrodaya Das.
Gayadhar Dhal, district secretary of Krusaka Sabha, said, “Farmers are running from pillar to post to get seeds.
The authorities have broken their backbones by not supplying sufficient paddy seeds.”
Large tracks of paddy crops were recently damaged due to the untimely rains triggered by cyclone Fani.
It is alleged that corrupt block officials sell the subsidized seeds meant for farmers to traders.
“Seed prices are soaring due to the unholy nexus between traders and officials.
A quintal of paddy seed from OSC is Rs 1,800 but farmers are forced to buy inferior quality seeds from the open market at Rs 2,000 per tonne,” said Chakradhar Das, a farmer from Bharatapur.