Paddy procurement starts in Ganjam

Berhampur: The much awaited paddy procurement in Odisha’s Ganjam district has started with opening of mandis (procurement centres) in almost all blocks.

“We have targeted to open 355 mandis across the district to facilitate smooth procurement,” said district Civil Supplies Officer (CSO) N K Mohanty.

He said mandis would be opened gradually in all parts of the district depending on demand of farmers. The paddy procurement, which began yesterday, was made through Primary Agricultual Cooperative Societies (PACS).

The payment would be made to farmers through account payee cheques while online payment would be made in 16 PACS under Chhatrapur block, Mohanty said.

The CSO said around 52,000 farmers in the district had already registered to supply paddy to the mandis. The registration process was still on. The farmers could register with PACs and supply paddy to mandis in subsequent days.

The government has targeted to procure 84,000 tonnes rice this time against 67,000 tonnes last year.

While the government-owned Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited would procure 60,000 tonnes rice through millers, National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (Nafed) and Odisha State Cooperative Marketing Federation Limited (Markfed) would procure the rest.