Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government will procure 53 lakh quintal of paddy this year informed Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi today.

The government has plans to procure 44 lakh quintal paddy during Kharif and 9 lakh quintal paddy during Rabi seasons respectively.

"10 lakhs farmers have already been registered under the government's e-registration system. We have planned to procure a total of 53 lakh quintal of paddy this year," Padhi added.

Padhi also said that if need arises, the procurement numbers may be increased.

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Meanwhile, the relief commissioner informed that payments on account of paddy procured would be made directly into accounts of farmers through co-operative banks.

It is worth mentioning that payment worth crores of rupees to hundreds of farmers in several districts across the State was delayed during the last Kharif season.