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Tag: Paddy Procurement

Significant fall in Odisha's paddy procurement

Bhubaneswar:  Odisha has registered a significant fall in paddy procurement from 44 lakh metric ton paddy last year to only 37 lakh metric ton paddy this year. Of 11 lakh registered farmers, around 4 lakh farmers in the state  are yet to sell their Kharif paddy crop leading to a reduced crop procurement this season. […]

Paddy procurement: CM asks Paswan to fix incidental costs

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the Centre to fix the provisional incidental costs at a reasonable level, equivalent to last year, to facilitate smooth paddy procurement in the State. In a letter to Union food and consumer affairs minister Ramvilas Paswan, Patnaik on Friday said, the State has already submitted the accounts […]

Pradhan slams Odisha govt for rejecting Centre's offer to relax FAQ norms

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan targeted the State Government on Wednesday for rejecting the Centre’s offer to relax Fair Average Quality (FAQ) norms for procurement of paddy under Minimum Support Price (MSP) mechanism. Pradhan took to twitter and stated the decision of Odisha to reject the Centre’s proposal, for relaxation of FAQ norms for paddy […]

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Odisha doubts Centre's paddy FAQ relaxation norms

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has raised doubts on the Centre’s decision to relax fair average quality (FAQ) for paddy. At a time when procurement of more than 70% of kharif crops is over, the State has questioned the efficacy of the move. Food Supplies minister Surya Narayan Patro said the State has not been informed […]

Civil supplies teams raid rice mills over irregularities in paddy procurement

Malkangiri: Cracking a whip on rice mills after allegations of illegal paddy procurement, officials of the Civil Supplies department today raided as many as 21 mills in Malkangiri. The raids come after alleged embezzlement of nearly 5 to 7 kg of paddy per quintal at rice mills was reported. As per the instruction of the […]

Civil supplies dept to get tough against defaulting rice mills

Bhubaneswar: The Food and Civil Supplies department is considering strict action against rice mills in the State who have been evading supply of rice to the government despite accepting paddy from the government procurement, said Minister Surya Narayan Patro today. “A rice mill will be blacklisted if it fails to provide rice within the specified […]

Odisha comes up with alternative paddy procurement plan

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has now come up with an ‘alternative plan’ to ensure the paddy procurement is not affected keeping in view the ongoing strike by the workers of Large Area Multi-Purpose Cooperative Societies (LAMPS) and Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS) in the kharif season. As per the new directive issued by Cooperatives Department and […]

Supply dept raids 5 mills in Sambalpur, seizes over 20,000 bags of paddy

Sambalpur: The Supply department officials along with the local Tahasildar raided as many as five rice mills here on Monday and seized over 20,000 bags of paddy. The seizure of paddy in such a quantity has come as a shocker for many as the official paddy procurement is yet to begin in the district. According […]

Will rain prove double whammy for distressed Odisha farmers?

Bhubaneswar: While farmers in Odisha have already suffered a lot due to drought and pest attack in several places across the State, the latest rain forecast across as many as 17 districts is likely to make the situation worse. Director of regional meteorological centre in Bhubaneswar, Sarat Chandra Sahu informed that Odisha may witness moderate […]

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Aadhaar card not mandatory for paddy procurement

Bhubaneswar: Aadhaar card is not mandatory for registration of farmers to participate in paddy procurement. The Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department has asked in a letter to district collectors to speed up registration of farmers who have been left out due to non-availability of Aadhaar card. The letter mentioned that farmers can register themselves […]

Odisha farmers to get paid within 24 hrs of paddy procurement

Bhubaneswar: Taking cognizance of the issues faced by farmers due to irregularities in paddy procurement and delay in payment of proceeds, Odisha Food Supplies Minister Surya Narayan Patro today said that the proceeds of paddy sold to the government will be credited to farmers’ bank accounts within 24 hours of procurement. Talking to media after […]

Co-op dept in fix over farmers' fake accounts in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: With the paddy procurement process already commencing for this season, the Cooperation department has suspected nearly two lakh farmer’s bank accounts to be fake and directed the district officials to verify these accounts for the benefit of actual farmers. A status of farmer registration and marketable surplus of paddy reveals that in all districts […]

Kharif paddy procurement to begin from Nov 1: Minister

Sambalpur: Kharif paddy procurement from farmers in the state will begin from November 1, informed Food Supplies Minister Surya Narayan Patro today in a meeting organised at the conference hall of Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Northern Division. The paddy procurement will start from Kalahandi district and later it will be done in Bargarh on November […]

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Odisha to procure 53 lakh quintal paddy this year

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 […]

10 lakh crop loan beneficiaries untraceable in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government now seems to be in a fix as nearly 10 lakh farmers in Odisha, who had availed crop loans through cooperative societies last year, are now untraceable. Official sources said, as many as 19 lakh farmers had availed agricultural loans in the last Kharif season. Though 9 lakh had sold their paddy […]

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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 […]

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Govt orders Vigilance probe into Rs 4 crore LAMPS scam in Koraput

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Saturday ordered vigilance probe into the Rs 4 crore large area multi-purpose cooperative societies (LAMPS) scam in Koraput district. For the procurement of paddy, there are 48 LAMPS in Koraput. In a recent audit report, irregularities of Rs 4 crore between 2012 and 2015 came to fore. “In a special audit report, the […]

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Markfed scam: Odisha govt orders vigilance probe

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today ordered a vigilance probe into the alleged irregularities in paddy procurement by the officials of the Odisha State Co-operative Marketing Federation Ltd (Markfed) in Kendrapara district. The decision of the government came against the backdrop of an audit report that revealed irregularities by the Markfed officials responsible for procurement of paddy in the district […]

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Rabi Paddy procurement in 19 districts from tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: Paddy procurement for rabi crop will start in 19 districts of the State from tomorrow and continue till June 30. The State-level paddy procurement committee has targetted to procure 26 quintals paddy per acre from farmers in Bargarh, Subarbanpur and Sambalpur whereas in the remaining 16 districts, 24 quintals paddy per acre are expected to […]

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Paddy procurement for rabi crop from May 5 in Bargarh

Bargarh: The procurement of rabi paddy will start from May 5 in Bargarh district, informed the DRDA project director Batakrushna Dehuri today. After a meeting here, Dehuri told newsmen, “An unanimous decision has been taken to start the paddy procurement for rabi crop from May 5.” District civil supplies officer Bibekanand Kerkera said, “Even though […]

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Odisha targets record paddy procurement this year

Bhubaneswar: Buoyed by the bumper paddy crop in Kharif and Rabi seasons, the State government has targeted to procure a record quantity of paddy from farmers this year. Food Supplies secretary Pradipta Mohapatra informed this after a meeting with Paddy Procurement Committee here today. Briefing media persons, Mohapatra said Rabi paddy would be procured from […]

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Deadline for Ganjam farmers to register names extended

The deadline for farmers in Ganjam district to register their names online for paddy procurement has been extended till April 15.

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31,14,789 metric tonne paddy procured so far: Minister Dasburma

Bhubaneswar: More than 30 lakh tonnes of paddy has been procured by the Odisha government at mandis across the State so far this season and Rs 4,579 crore has been deposited in bank account of farmers for the procurement, said Supplies Minister Sanjay Dasburma on Saturday. Speaking to the Assembly during the question hour on […]

Farmers demand that govt procure all their grains

Berhampur: Different farmers organisation today staged demonstration at Chhatrapur, Ganjam district headquarter town, protesting alleged distress sale of paddy in the district and demanded procurement of all grains from farmers, including the share croppers by the government agency. Though the farmers this time harvested bumper paddy due to good climatic condition, the government agencies refused […]

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BJP targets Odisha govt; seeks answers on host of issues

Bhubaneswar: In-charge of Odisha BJP Arun Singh today targeted the Odisha government and sought reply on a host of issues which reflects the government’s callousness and incompetence. Ahead of the Panchayat Polls, Singh slammed the ruling BJD asking why the beneficiaries are deprived of the ration cards? Why farmers are not getting right price in […]

Odisha extends Kharif paddy procurement deadline to April 30

Bhubaneswar: Following approval from the Centre, the Odisha government has extended the Kharif season paddy procurement deadline to April 30. The paddy procurement is underway at 29 districts in Odisha barring Kandhamal, where it will resume in a week’s time, informed sources. According to the Joint Director of the Food Supply and Consumer Welfare department, […]

Demonetisation crisis: Odisha seeks PM’s intervention

Bhubaneswar: Taking note of the difficulties in crop loan dispensation, payment of paddy procurement proceeds and day-to-day functioning of Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS) in the state due to demonetisation, the Odisha government has urged the Prime Minister for his urgent intervention. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, chief minister Naveen Patnaik […]

3.58 lakh tonne paddy procured till now in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has procured paddy to the tune of 3.58 lakh metric tonne from 53,000 farmers of the State, said Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare minister Sanjay Dasburma today. After holding a review meeting with the Food Supplies and Cooperative department officials, Dasburma informed that paddy procurement is underway in 9 districts through […]

DBT for kerosene subsidy across Odisha by Mar 2017

Bhubaneswar: Implementation of direct benefit transfer (DBT) for kerosene subsidy will undertaken in Odisha by Mar 2017, said Food Supplies Secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra today. Talking to newsmen, Mohapatra said, “In the first phase, the DBT for kerosene subsidy will be put into effect in 110 urban local bodies of the State. Later the developed […]

Odisha to procure 24.53% paddy from 10 central districts

Cuttack: The Odisha government is targeting to procure 24.53% of Kharif paddy from the 10 districts under the Central revenue division. In a meeting at the Cuttack Collectors office, to make the paddy procurement process more streamlined and transparent, it was noted that till now 3,29,856 farmers have registered themselves to sell paddy. According to […]

Farmers unaware of paddy procurement process scheduled to start from Nov

Bhubaneswar: Farmers in Odisha are clueless about the process for kharif paddy procurement which is scheduled to begin from November 1. Hemakant Badhei, farmer leader, Lakhanpur, said, “Awareness should be created among farmers as they don’t know the rule for selling of paddy to the government.” Expressing similar views, Narottam Bangola, a farmer of Nuapada […]

Odisha cabinet clears 19 proposals

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha cabinet approved as many as 19 proposals at a meeting held on Thursday evening. The cabinet meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the Food and Procurement Policy for Kharif Marketing Season 2016-17. In the policy, the state government has set a tentative target of collecting 30 lakh metric […]

Paddy Procurement: The Perennial Scam

By Sandeep Sahu Scams may come and scams may go, but there is one scam that goes on forever in Odisha: the scam in paddy procurement. It has got to a stage where irregularities (read pilferage) of huge sums of money running into hundreds of crores by the well-entrenched miller-supply official-politician nexus every single year […]

BJP demands CBI probe into ‘faulty’ paddy procurement

Bargarh: A day after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report picked up loopholes in paddy procurement by Odisha government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded a CBI probe into the matter in Bargarh on Tuesday. Blaming the State government for its ‘anti-farmer’ policy, the saffron party said the government must pay the farmers their […]

CAG report reveals irregularities in paddy procurement in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the General and Social sector for the year ended 2014-15 revealed irregularities in various departments of the State government. Noting that a robust system for paddy procurement was absent in Odisha, the CAG today said Paddy Procurement Centres (PPC) were not functioning properly due to delay […]

Aadhaar Card mandatory for paddy procurement in Odisha

The Odisha government today said it has decided to make Aadhaar card mandatory for procurement of paddy in the state

No Rabi paddy procurement after June 30: Minister

Bhubaneswar: The State government has decided to stop paddy procurement for the Rabi season after June 30, Food minister Sanjay Dasburma said here today. Farmers can register themselves for Rabi procurement till June 25. “I request the farming community to register before June 25 if they have surplus paddy to sell. The procurement will continue […]

Rabi paddy procurement to begin in May

Bhubaneswar: Paddy procurement for the Rabi season will begin across 19 districts in the second week of May and continue till June 30. The decision was taken at a meeting of the State level paddy procurement committee today. According to sources, the paddy procurement target for the Rabi season has been set at 10.29 lakh […]

Paddy farmers finding no takers for Rabi season’s produce

Sonepur: Though Rabi season has passed and cultivation has started for the Kharif season, farmers of Sonepur district are yet to sell off their paddy harvested in the Rabi season. With mill owners showing no interest in procuring paddy, the Rabi season’s produce is lying at the Regulated Marketing Committee (RMC). At a time when […]