Kendrapara, May 4 (LocalWire): The fate of a large number of farmers of the coastal district of Kendrapara is now hanging in balance as the authorities are yet to provide them with sufficient paddy seeds for the Kharif crop.
Farmers of Kendrapara district have planned to plant paddy on nearly 1,24, 600 hectares of agricultural land for which they need about 49,840 quintals of seeds.
The agriculture department will supply 19,050 quintals of paddy seeds to the farmers this season, after obtaining the same from the Odisha Seed Corporation (OSC),” said Satyabrat Sahoo, the Assistant Agriculture Officer of Kendrapara.
“All the farmers do not need seeds from the agriculture department for which we sought only 19,050 quintals of seeds from OSC. We also got 4000 quintals of seeds from the seed villages of the agricultural department.
We have fixed the rate of seeds which were released within ten years at Rs 1950 per quintal whereas the rate of seeds which were released above ten years is Rs 2250 per quintal.
We have decided to sell paddy seeds through 118 primary cooperative societies in the district”, said the district agriculture officer.
“Officials have been known to illegally sell seeds to private seed traders, as a result of which the farmers are compelled to purchase seeds from the private merchants by paying higher prices,” alleged Madhaba Das, a farmer of Gandakhia village.
“The official rate of the certified paddy seeds per quintal is Rs 1950 to Rs 2250. But the farmers are being forced to purchase sub- standard paddy seeds in the open market at the cost of Rs 2400 to Rs 2500 due to non- availability of sufficient paddy seeds”, said Bhikari Mohanty a farmer of village Ichapur.