JEYPORE: Coordination between farmers and millers has ensured hassle-free paddy procurement process in the district, which began on Friday.
About 60,000 quintal paddy has been procured in the last three days from different mandies.
According to sources, the district administration has opened 40 mandies in the district, mostly in Jeypore sub-division. Procurement was started in Jeypore, Boipariguda, Borrigumma and Kundra blocks with active participation of farmers and millers. The district has been given a target to procure about 14 lakh quintal paddy through Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies and about 18,551 farmers have registered their names online through LAMPS to participate in the process.
As per the decision of the administration, procurement is going on with the participation of small and medium farmers in the first phase and stock from big farmers will be procured only after December. LAMPS is procuring 4,000 quintal from each mandi everyday to avoid rush, sources said.
For the first time in more than 20 years pf functioning of mandi in the district, all procuring agencies are working in tandem and adhering to government norms.
Meanwhile, the administration has decided to enhance procurement limits from 4,000 quintal to 8,000 quintal per day considering the rise in flow of stock at the mandis.
Farmers of Kundra block have appealed to the State Government to increase the selling limits from 12 quintal to 18 quintal per acre to facilitate farmers of non-irrigated areas. Presently, it is 12 quintal of paddy per acre for farmers from non-irrigated areas and 18 quintal per acre for farmers of irrigated areas.