Berhampur, Nov 7 (LocalWire): Ganjam district administration has roped in women Self Help Groups (SHG) in the paddy procurement process which is supposed to commence from 15 November.
As many as 55 SHGs across the district have been identified for participation.
District level training has already been imparted to the members of the selected WSHG for online procurement.
‘They will also be trained again in sub divisional and block level,’ said district civil supply officer Bishnu Prasad Supakar.
The decision was taken after the government engaged 150 WSHGs in some selected districts, including Ganjam and Kalahandii.
After tasting success in Kalahandi, the state’s consumer welfare and food supply minister Ranedra Pratap Swain decided to engage them in some more districts.
Besides WSHGs, one panipanchayat and 390 primary agriculture cooperative societies (PACS) will also be engaged in the procurement of paddy in the district. Each PACS are designated as the paddy purchase center (PPC).
In a preparatory meeting held on Tuesday at Chhatrapur, Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange asked the PACS to make arrangements for paddy procurement and to ensure payment to farmers within 48-hours of supply of the products.
He said farmers should get the price as per the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy fixed by the government.
The government has fixed the price of common paddy at Rs 1815 per quintal this year.
Around 1.34 lakh farmers willing to supply paddy in the districts have registered their namea against last year’s 1.28 lakh.
Before supplying paddy, the farmers need to intimate the secretary of concerned PACS and collect a token.
‘This will be easy for every one -the farmers, procurement agency and miller,’ said the CSO.
He, however, said the miller registration was yet to be completed. Last year, as many as 377 millers had registered in the district
The government has initially fixed a target of 26 lakh quintals of rice this year against last year’s procurement of rice which was 32 lakh quintals. The target was likely to increase time to time, CSO added