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Tag: Paddy

What BJD Has Done For Farmers In 21 Years: BJP’s Pradip Purohit

Bhubaneswar: The farmers across Odisha are not able to sell their produce, mostly paddy in mandis and the token system introduced by the State government has compounded their miseries, alleged BJP leader Pradip Purohit on Friday. Though the Centre has fixed Minimum Support Price (MSP) at Rs 1868 per quintal of paddy, the farmers are […]

Ancient Barter System Of Trade Still Alive In Odisha

Keonjhar: The alleged mismanagement in paddy procurement in Odisha is certainly disconcerting but the issue has forced the locals of Telkoi in Keonjhar district to resort to the age-old practice of barter system. A common sighting in the Golabandha village of Telkoi block is a mini truck carrying vegetables and groceries to sell it to […]

Odisha: Eight Border Districts Asked To Prevent Entry Of Paddy From Chhattisgarh

Bhubaneswar:The Odisha government has asked collectors of eight inter-state border districts to prevent entry of paddy from Chhattishgarh so that the MSP does not go to unauthorised persons, officials said on Monday. The eight districts whose collectors have been put on alert are Bargarh, Sambalpur, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Jharsuguda, Sundergarh and Nabarangpur, the officials said. […]

Paddy Procurement Delayed As Mandis Yet To Open In Sundergarh District

Sundergarh: Even as the procurement of paddy began almost a month ago in Odisha, farmers of Sundergarh district alleged that they are facing a harrowing time to sell their harvest due to delay in opening of mandis. Farmers of the district also claimed that they have not received the tokens which the State government has […]

Odisha Farmers Stage Protests After Chhattisgarh Police Seizes Paddy

Jharsuguda: Expressing resentment over Chhattisgarh Police seizing a paddy-laden truck belonging to a farmer in Odisha, farmers in Jharsuguda today took to streets protesting the move. The agitating farmers today blocked Kanaktora-Ektal road. As per the allegations, on December 7, Jute Mill Police in Chhattisgarh seized a vehicle carrying 38 gunny bags of paddy belonging […]

Aadhaar Linkage Data Reveals Huge Farm Loan Irregularities In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: While the Odisha government has introduced strict rules of linking Aadhaar with bank accounts for farmers willing to get loans for crops and sell their produce to government, huge discrepancy between registered farmers and those who have availed farm loans after Aadhaar linkage have now come to the fore. As per figures released by the […]

Odisha Man Invents 'Panchakarma Machine' For Farmers

Sambalpur/Berhampur: It looks like a fan but has multiple utilities. From pest killing in rice fields to husking of paddy, from deseeding of corn to coconut scrapping, the usages are manifold but the solution is one–“Panchakarma machine”. Krushna Chandra Naik from Bamara area in Sambalpur district has made this multi-utility farming equipment, which can be […]

Naveen's BJP tilt raises concerns over Odisha's long-standing demands

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has been at loggerheads with the Centre over a host of issues like Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Paddy, rising oil prices, Polavaram dam and special category status for the state. However, the ruling BJD’s tilt towards the BJP has resulted in noticeable softening of its stance on these issue, which many believe, […]

Fani fury hits farmers hard; crops worth lakhs damaged in Puri, Khurda

Bhubaneswar: In every natural disasters, its farmers who are left high and dry. And Fani is no exception. The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani has dealt a death blow to the farming community and animal husbandry sector alike in the cyclone hit areas, especially in Puri and Khurda districts. The costlier rabi season crops that […]

Police seize 56 tonne stolen paddy from a rice mill in Jajpur, arrests one

Jajpur: Jagatsinghpur police have seized 56 tonne paddy from a rice mill in Chhatia area of Jajpur and arrested one  Sheikh Kalimuddin from Neulpur village in connection with the case. Kalimuddin had allegedly taken paddy from a mandi after submitting a fake registration number. The accused had taken a truck load of paddy from Biridi […]

Farmers in distress as quintals of paddy lie unsold in mandis

Malkangiri/Bhadrak: Farmers of Malkangiri and Bhadrak have been crying foul as paddy has remained unsold in various mandis of the districts. Reports say, in 62 mandis across Odisha, 3,46,264 bags of paddy are lying unsold. Even after 2 months since the beginning of procurement process in Malkangiri, multiple gunny bags filled with paddy are lying […]

Controversy erupts over 'fake' farmers selling paddy at mandis

Sambalpur: Amid allegations of lapses in paddy procurement in the state, some local farmers of Sambalpur have alleged that the paddy brought to the mandis for sale do not belong to the real farmers but are of middlemen, traders and  ‘fake’ farmers. As per reports, several trucks and tractors carrying sacks of paddy were seized […]

Amid pitched political battle, Odisha paddy farmers continue to suffer

Subarnapur/Ganjam: Paddy farmers across Odisha continue to face hardship as mandis in many parts of the State are yet to open. While some of the farmers are selling their paddy at lower prices to agents from other States, others are spending sleepless nights guarding the paddy outside mandis. According to sources, as many as 13,000 […]

Paddy procurement irregularities: BJP Krushak Morcha stages demonstration

Bhubaneswar: Odisha BJP Krushak Morcha members today staged demonstration in front of the residence of Food Supplies and Cooperation Minister Surjya Narayan Patro here over several irregularities in paddy procurement in different mandis across the state. The members of the outfit staged protest by placing gunny bags filled with paddy on the road and raised […]

Mandis yet to be opened for paddy procurement in Bhadrak

Bhadrak: Farmers in Bhadrak are a worried lot owing to the delay in paddy procurement process in the district. While the procurement process was supposed to be done through 108 cooperative societies, it has been alleged that most of them are not currently functional. According to sources, three panchayats and six wards of Bhadrak municipality […]

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Farmers hit streets over delay in paddy procurement

Malkangiri: Worried over the long delay in procurement of paddy at different mandis in Malkangiri, farmers today staged demonstration by placing gunny bags filled with paddy on Malkangiri-Jeypore road near Padmagiri in the district. According to sources, tonnes of paddy brought for sale by farmers from distant villages are lying outside the mandis for the […]

Odisha House Committee denounces Centre's Rs 200-paddy MSP hike

Bhubaneswar: The House Committee of the Odisha Assembly today slammed the Centre’s Rs 200 per quintal hike in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy. The House panel, headed by the Assembly Speaker, today discussed and criticized the MSP hike approved by the Centre in July this year. The panel also decided to meet the […]

Cabinet approves Rs 200 per quintal hike in MSP for paddy

New Delhi: The Central government on Wednesday hiked the minimum support price for paddy by a steep Rs 200 per quintal as it looked to fulfil its poll promise to give farmers 50 per cent more rate than their cost of production. The decision, taken by the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, […]

Centre relaxes paddy FAQ norms for 15 Odisha districts

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Centre today decided to relax Fair Average Quality (FAQ) norms for procurement of paddy under Minimum Support Price (MSP) mechanism in 15 districts of Odisha which have been affected by unseasonal rain. In reply to a letter from Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution […]

Dharmendra urges Paswan to relax paddy FAQ norms for Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today urged Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution minister Ram Vilas Paswan to relax the Fair Average Quality (FAQ) norms for paddy in Odisha to prevent distress sale. Stating that the quantity and quality of paddy have been badly affected by the unexpected non-seasonal rain last year, Pradhan […]

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Odisha to urge Centre to relax paddy quality norms

Bhubaneswar: The State government has initiated the process to request the Centre for relaxation in fair average quality (FAQ) of paddy. In a letter to the Agriculture department Secretary on Tuesday, the Food Supplies Secretary has sought details on crop damages so that the later will present a demand before the Centre demanding FAQ relaxation. […]

Ruling-BJD fumes after Centre rejects demand to hike paddy MSP

Bhubaneswar: Ruling-BJD today slammed the Centre for rejecting Odisha govt’s proposal to hike minimum support price (MSP) of paddy. The ruling party stated farmers of Odisha would stage protests if the Centre does not reconsider its decision. Rohit Pujari, deputy chief whip of the ruling party, said, “It is unfortunate that the Agriculture Ministry rejected […]

Ruling party creates uproar over paddy MSP hike; House adjourned

Bhubaneswar: Odisha assembly was today adjourned for the day as ruling party members shouted slogans demanding hike in Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy while Congress MLAs stormed the well seeking a discussion on farmers issue. As soon as the House assembled on the second day of the brief monsoon session in the morning, BJD […]

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Four years on, probe into paddy procurement scam still not complete

Bhubaneswar: Even after a massive scam in paddy procurement to the tune of Rs 24 crores surfaced in 2013, the Vigilance department is yet to complete its probe in the matter. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had ordered the Vigilance department in 2013 to investigate the scam, but the anti-corruption wing is yet to submit its […]

Odisha opposes hike in paddy MSP by Rs 80 a quintal

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister today said the Centre’s decision to increase the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy by only Rs 80 per quintal is quite ‘disappointing’. A day after the Agriculture Ministry announced its decision on the paddy MSP, the chief minister today expressed his displeasure. The Ministry has proposed to increase the MSP […]

Poor farmer turnout at online registration for Rabi paddy procurement

Bhubaneswar: With the deadline for online registration of farmers for Rabi paddy procurement over on April 10, the government is worried about the drastic reduction of number of registrations in some districts. As per sources, not even a single farmer of Jajpur, Kandhamal, Khurda, Mayurbhanj and Nayagargh districts has registered for the online process while […]

Assembly adopts resolution to hike Paddy MSP
Assembly adopts resolution to hike Paddy MSP

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly today unanimously adopted a resolution recommending the state government to urge the Centre to increase the MSP of common paddy to Rs 2930 per quintal. The House supported the resolution moved by Agriculture Minister Pradeep Kumar Maharathy and said the farmers should get appropriate price for paddy. The Minimum Support Price […]

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MSP issue likely to rock Odisha Assembly Session

Bhubaneswar: The demand for raising Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy is likely to rock the Odisha Assembly again. As the issue is still to be discussed in the House, the Opposition may demand a discussion on it today. According to sources, Business Advisory Committee of the House is to finalize a date for discussion […]

Unseasonal rains shatter farmers’ hope

Bhubaneswar: Unseasonal rain and hailstorm for the past few days has damaged standing crops which may adversely affect the production output thereby compounding miseries of farmers in several parts of Odisha. Apart from the rabi field crops, vegetables mostly peas, tomatoes, bitter gourd, cucumber, brinjal have suffered damage in areas of Balang, Astarang, Gop, Kakatpur […]

Tree-borne night vigilantes

By Dillip Pradhan Dhenkanal: When the entire locality enjoys the dreamy nights after a day-long tiredness, the farmers of some villagers in Dhenkanal district spend sleepless nights, not in the quiet comforts of their homes but atop tree outside their villages. To protect their standing crops from the rampage of wild elephants, the ryots of […]

Ganjam administration to introduce 5 new paddy varieties

In a bid to increase productivity, the administration in Ganjam district has decided to introduce five high-yielding, and drought and flood-resistance paddy varieties during the current kharif season

Samajwadi Party demands compensation for rain-hit farmers

Bhubaneswar: Odisha unit of Samajwadi? Party today demanded that the state government announce compensation for the farmers who lost their paddy crop and vegetables due to unseasonal rains for the past three days.

Odisha govt announces special assistance of Rs 100 for paddy

The Odisha government today announced a special assistance of Rs 100 per quintal of paddy for the farmers hit by cyclone Phailin and subsequent floods