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Tag: Paddy Procurement

Paddy procurement
Paddy Procurement In Odisha To Begin From Nov 1

Bhubaneswar: The Kharif paddy procurement will start from November 1 across Odisha, informed Food Supplies and Cooperation Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain on Wednesday. Speaking to the media persons, Swain informed that a total of 11.56 lakh farmers have registered themselves to take part in the Paddy Procurement Automation System (P-PAS) to sell paddy during the Kharif […]

Odisha's Koraput Farmers Against Govt Paddy Plan For SHGs

Koraput: Farmers in Koraput district are up in arms against state government’s proposal to engage women self-help groups (SHGs) to procure paddy during the Kharif Marketing Season beginning November. Alleging that women SHGs lack infrastructure and do not have experience for the job, the farmers in the district demanded that the crop should be procured […]

Odisha Involves SHG In Paddy Procurement

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has involved Women Self Help Groups (WSHG) under Mission Shakti in procurement of paddy in Kalahandi district, an official said on Wednesday. This is for the first time that WSHGs are being engaged in paddy procurement. This project has been successfully piloted in Kalahandi district involving 17 WSHGs in 17 gram […]

Minister Paints Rosy Picture Of Paddy Procurement In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Minister of Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare, Ranendra Pratap Swain, on Wednesday expressed assurance that the paddy procurement centres in Odisha are operating according to the guidelines and instructions laid down by his department. Answering to Opposition’s questions on paddy procurement issues in the State, the minister confidently said that with the arrangements done […]

Odisha farmers spend Rs 2,403 to produce a quintal of paddy, get only Rs 1,815

Bhubaneswar: Compared to an estimated cost of production of paddy at Rs 2,403 a quintal in Odisha, farmers in the state lose Rs 588 per quintal when they sell their produce to the government at the Minimum Support Price (MSP). This was evident from the statement of Odisha’s agriculture minister Arun Kumar Sahoo in the […]

Odisha Assembly: Opposition corners Odisha govt over paddy distress sale

Bhubaneswar: Alleging distress sale of paddy and failure of Odisha government in procurement,Opposition parties including BJP and Congress today turned the heat on ruling-BJD in the State Assembly. While raising the issue during adjournment motion, BJP MLAs Bishnu Sethi and Jayanarayan Mishra claimed that paddy from Bhadrak and Balasore districts is being sent to West […]

Bargarh farmers left in lurch over delay in paddy procurement

Bargarh: Hundreds of farmers in Bargarh district are now a worried lot over non-completion of paddy procurement process for the rabi season. Besides, quintals of paddy stock at several market yards in Atabira, Bargarh, Padampur have been reportedly damaged in the monsoon rain in several parts of the State in the past couple of days. […]

Odisha targets 11 lakh MT paddy procurement in Rabi season

Bhubaneswar: After all-time high paddy procurement during the Kharif season, Odisha Government has now set a target to procure 11 lakh MT of paddy during the current Rabi season. After a review meeting of Paddy Procurement Committee, Chief Secretary AP Padhi on Saturday directed the concerned officials to undertake the procurement in phased manner. He […]

Bhadrak farmers protest lapses in paddy procurement

Bhadrak: Farmers registered under Panchutikri society of Chandbali block in Bhadrak district today launched a protest alleging irregularities in paddy procurement. According to reports, 383 farmers had registered under the society through online registration. It is alleged, while the society was stipulated to procure 27,500 quintal paddy, the procurement has been stopped by the society […]

Odisha to stop paddy procurement 2 months ahead of schedule

Bhubaneswar: While on one hand huge quantities of paddy are lying in the open at various mandis across the State due to alleged lapses, the State government’s decision to close the paddy procurement process for Kharif season two months in advance has drawn sharp criticisms. As per information, the Food and Supplies department has decided […]

Congress activists gherao Malkangiri Collectorate protesting lapses in paddy procurement

Malkangiri: Alleging lapses in paddy procurement in the district, Congress workers under the leadership of senior party leader Pradeep Majhi today staged a protest in front of the district Collector’s office. As per reports, the activists staged demonstration by keeping sacks of paddy on the road. The protestors alleged that despite having been opened for […]

Paddy procurement lapses: Irate farmers tie up co-op society president

Balasore: With public wrath growing over lapses in paddy procurement, farmers of Bahanaga block in Balasore district today locked up the gates of Alada Service Cooperative Society and tied up its president to a tree. According to the farmers, the cooperative society was supposed to procure around 18,000 quintals of paddy but only 4,000 quintals […]

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 […]

Minister SN Patro claims paddy procurement on right track; opposition differs

Bhubaneswar: At a time when farmers across Odisha are grappling with problems due to lapses in mandis, claims of Odisha Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister, Surjya Narayan Patro that paddy procurement target has been achieved, has drawn the ire of opposition parties. While speaking to reporters, Patro today informed that paddy is being procured […]

Paddy procurement delay: Farmers stage road blockade by spilling paddy on road

Cuttack: Opposing delay and irregularities in paddy procurement at different mandis in the district, several farmers today hit the streets and staged road blockade by spilling paddy on the road. According to sources, hundreds of farmers staged road blockade near Kokalaba Chhak in Narasinghpur block by spilling paddy on the road protesting the paddy procurement […]

Surjya Patro offers to quit daring Opposition to prove paddy procurement below MSP

Bhubaneswar: The State Cooperation Minister Surjya Narayan Patro challenged the Opposition to prove allegations that paddy is being procured at prices below the stipulated MSP of Rs 1750 per quintal in mandis across Odisha and said that he will quit politics if the allegations are true. Patro’s comments came during a press conference today where […]

Farmers rail against delay in paddy procurement

Malkangiri: Opposing delay in paddy procurement at different mandis in Malkangiri district, members of the Zilla Adivasi Mahasangh today hit the streets and staged road blockades by placing paddy sacks near ten different mandis across the district. As per the allegations of the Mahasangh, despite tough weather conditions, the farmers have been waiting for millers […]

Odisha BJP on warpath against ruling-BJD over farmers’ issues

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha unit of BJP today turned the heat on the ruling-BJD by organising a huge farmer agitation to protest improper functioning of mandis and irregularities in paddy procurement. Saffron party members along with thousands of farmers holding placards, ploughs and also carrying paddy packets on trucks took out a rally to gherao the […]

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 […]

Irregularities in paddy procurement crop up in Bhadrak

Bhadrak: Allegations of irregularities in paddy procurement have cropped up in Basudevpur of Bhadrak district. While the procurement process was supposed to be done through 22 cooperative societies, it has been alleged that only two of them are currently functional. “The mandis opened from December 1 but nobody is procuring paddy. State government is saying […]

Farmers allege harassment by millers in Dhenkanal

Dhenkanal: Farmers of Jagannathpur village in the district are facing a tough time during the paddy procurement process owing to a dispute with rice millers over fair average quality (FAQ) norms. During the last two days tonnes of paddy brought for sale by farmers from distant villages are lying outside the mandis. Moreover, farmers are […]

Odisha farmers left in lurch amid paddy procurement 'irregularities'

Bhubaneswar/Bargarh/Balasore: All the promises, planning and preparations by the state government seem to be going up in smoke as allegations of irregularities and lapses have marred the paddy procurement process in the State. Paddy farmers in the State have alleged that while there has been a delay in opening of mandis, rice millers are also […]

Hassles in procurement forcing Odisha farmers to sell paddy in neighbouring states

Bhubaneswar: Farmers in Odisha are opting to sell their paddy in neighbouring states as delay in opening of mandis and alleged harassment by rice millers have made the paddy procurement process cumbersome. According to sources, as mandis did not open, farmers in Bahalda of Mayurbhanj and Jaleswar, Bhogarai and Basta of Balasore districts are selling […]

Paddy MSP hike by Chhattisgarh: The allure & anticipation in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Soon after coming to power in Chhattisgarh, the Congress government announced a hike in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy to Rs 2,500 per quintal from Rs 1,750. While the announcement is seen as an act against the guidelines that restrict States in the country from declaring bonus for paddy over and above […]

Odisha farmers warn of non-cooperation agitation from February 2019

Bhubaneswar: With farmer protests and agricultural distress becoming a major game changer in three Hindi heartland States of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, all three major political parties in Odisha now seem to be chalking out plans to garner votes of farmers in the State. But with the State government already on the firing line […]

Farmer-miller dispute paralyses paddy procurement in Nuapada

Nuapada: Farmers in Nuapada district have alleged that dilly-dallying of rice millers and lackadaisical attitude of the administration has virtually paralyzed the paddy procurement process in the district. According to sources, the millers are demanding cuts/concessions during procurement citing that paddy do not meet the fair average quality (FAQ) norms. Sources said that tonnes of […]

Paddy farmers in Odisha allege harassment by rice millers

Sonepur/Malkangiri: Farmers in various districts of Odisha are facing a tough time in the paddy procurement process owing to a dispute over fair average quality (FAQ) norms with rice millers. According to sources, farmers in Sonepur are in distress over fair average quality (FAQ) norms even after a week of opening of the mandis. Farmers […]

Congress to hit streets if paddy 'Katni Chhatni' not stopped immediately: Bahinipati

Bhubaneswar: Targeting the State government over tardy pace of paddy procurement and delay in opening of mandis, Opposition Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati today threatened that the Congress will take to streets in two days if the government fails to resolve the issue of farmers at the earliest. Bahinipati alleged the paddy procurement process could […]

With no mandis, farmers go for distress sale in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: After battling with natural calamities and pest attack, paddy and cotton farmers of Bolangir, Kalahandi and Sambalpur districts are now opting for distress sale due to undue delay in setting up of mandis by the State government. Farmers of Deogan in Bolangir district are forced to stock paddy in their houses and nobody knows […]

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Koraput farmers cry foul over delay in paddy procurement

Jeypore: Farmers in Koraput are a worried lot now over the delay in procurement of paddy at different mandis in the district. They have alleged that the paddy growers are forced to go for distress sale due to a nexus between the millers and procurement agencies. As per their allegations, so far only 243 quintals […]

Congress MLA Anshuman Mohanty serves legal notice to minister Surya Patro

Kendrapara: Congress MLA from Rajnagar Anshuman Mohanty Monday served a legal notice to Odisha Food Supplies and Cooperation Minister Surya Narayan Patro over his controversial remarks on the paddy procurement scam in Kendrapara. Mohanty stated that Patro should seek an apology over his controversial remarks on the scam. Reportedly, Patro had leveled allegations against Mohanty […]

BJD's Dhruba Sahoo moves court against Cong leader & OTV over paddy procurement scam

Kendrapara: Almost seven months after Congress MLA from Rajnagar Anshuman Mohanty levelled serious allegations of irregularities in paddy procurement which was subsequently telecast by OTV, BJD leader and Kendrapara district president Dhruba Sahoo has moved court, filing a defamation case against the legislator and the channel. “I have got clean chit in the inquiry conducted […]

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Opposition alleges irregularities in paddy procurement

Bhubaneswar: The Opposition put the State government on the backfoot on the second day of the winter session when it revealed that crores of rupees were embezzled in paddy sale as middlemen were involved in the paddy procurement. Both Congress and BJP members alleged the State government of exploiting farmers by delaying disbursal of bonus […]

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Punjab paddy procurement crosses 115 lakh tonne

Chandigarh: Punjab has procured over 115 lakh tonne of paddy this kharif season, food and supplies officials said on Monday. Government agencies and private millers have procured 11,592,262 tonne of paddy in Punjab till Sunday evening.Over 99 per cent of the paddy has been procured by government agencies while the remaining has been procured by private […]

Odisha government should accept farmer suicides: BJP

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha unit of BJP targeted the ruling BJD today over a series of issues affecting farmers including drought, suicides due to crop failure and irregularities in paddy procurement in the State. BJP State president Basant Panda in a presser at the party headquarters in Bhubaneswar produced a list of farmers who committed suicide […]

Odisha targets 55 lakh tonne paddy procurement during Kharif season

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha cabinet on Monday approved the food and procurement policy for the Kharif marketing season 2018-19 with a target to procure 55 lakh tonnes of paddy from farmers. This will be equivalent to 37 lakh tonnes of rice, Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi said. However, there is no bar on the procurement of a […]

BJP to guard 'mandis' during paddy procurement in Odisha: Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to check irregularities during paddy procurement, BJP workers will guard ‘mandis’ across Odisha, said Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today. “Since past several years, the paddy procurement in Odisha is saddled with irregularities. There is resentment over the fact that farmers are being harassed either by millers or middlemen over quality of […]

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Odisha eases sharecropper registration norms in paddy procurement

Bhubaneswar: In a major initiative, the Food Supplies and Consumers Welfare Department of the Odisha government has finally relaxed the norms for registration of all sharecroppers for paddy procurement this year and clarified that they should be allowed to register at the Primary Agricultural Co-operative Society (PACS) even if they do not have the consent […]