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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: As many as 14.97 lakh farmers have registered themselves with the government to sell their paddy under this year’s kharif season procurement process which is set to begin in the State from November 1.

Nearly three lakh additional farmers have registered themselves this year as against the total registration of 12.35 lakh farmers in 2019-20 procurement season, informed Biswajit Das, managing director, Orissa State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd.

According to Das, the entire paddy procurement process has been streamlined for which three lakh more farmers have evinced interest to sell their produce to the Odisha government.

As per this year’s kharif season paddy procurement strategy, the State government has decided to go ahead with the token system which was introduced last year. Already steps have been taken to rectify the irregularities which had cropped up during paddy procurement last year, he said.

“Advance tokens will be issued to farmers, around seven days ahead of the procurement process. Mobile phone numbers of farmers have been received and SMSes will be sent to them regarding details about the dates on which paddy will be procured. Farmers facing problems in receiving the tokens can seek help from the toll free number 1967,” said Das.

Official sources said that the entire procurement will be done as per the minimum support price (MSP) as has been fixed by the Centre- Rs 1868 per quintal of Fair Average Quality (FAQ) norms paddy and Rs 1888 for Grade A paddy.

Paddy will be procured from farmers at the given prescribed norms- a maximum of 19 quintals per acre of irrigated land and12 quintals from the non-irrigated land category. If a farmer has surplus paddy, it can be sold in the open market or through traders, or can be kept for individual consumption, Das added.

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