JHARSUGUDA: Paddy procurement for the current kharif season began on Friday in the market yards at Sarbahal and Mudrajor areas under Laikara block of Jharsuguda district.
Though the farmers agreed to the decision of deducting 3 kg paddy per quintal for family consumption, they opposed the sale of only 15 quintal paddy per farmer margin. They insisted on adopting the practice followed in the neighbouring districts to sell 100 per cent paddy.
On the first day, 700 quintal paddy was purchased. Fourteen farmers sold 50 quintal paddy each in the market yard.
Meanwhile, the presence of rice millers in the paddy procurement centre was objected to by the farmers following the former’s interference in paddy quality analysis.