Bhubaneswar: Odisha Cabinet today approved Food and Procurement policy for Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2019-2020. Kharif Crop will be procured during the period between this November and March next and Ragi crops to be procured between May to June next year.
With this, Odisha Government have set a tentative target of 41 lakh metric tonne (LMT) procurement of rice. Whereas, there is no bar for procurement of any higher quantum, if more paddy crops come to mandis.
Farmers were earlier registered through the online portal of FS & CW Department. Aadhaar will be the only ID proof for a farmer to sell paddy crops to the government. Procuring societies will endeavor to bring more and more small and marginal farmers into the procurement fold.
The crops will be procured by the government as per the Minimum Support Price (MSP) declared by the Government of India. The MSP for common variety is set at Rs. 1815 per quintal and for Grade – A variety is Rs. 1835 per quintal.
The procured paddy must conform to FAQ specifications declared by the Government of India. Purchase of paddy below MSP will be a punishable offence under Essential Commodities Act – 1955.
Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation along with other agencies PACS, LAMPCS, WSHGs and Pani Panchayats will procure paddy in all the districts of the state.
Payments to the farmers will be made within 48 hours of the sale of crops to the government directly to their bank accounts.
As Odisha requires 24 LMT of rice for its PDS, the surplus amount will be delivered to central pool.
Meanwhile, District Administrations have been ordered to take all necessary steps to prevent distress sale of paddy.