The direct benefit transfer system is acting as a spoiler.
Sahoo further said strict action will be taken against rice millers who fail to abide by the rules and norms of the OSCSP.
farmer of nearby Goudpali village claimed elephants have destroyed his crops over two acres of land. There are also reports of the jumbos breaking into the paddy storage sheds of a few farmers.
While procurement started on a slow pace, farmers complained about being exploited by millers on the first day.
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No officials present at the market yard when the incident happened
The procured paddy will then be handed over to millers for custom milling rice, adhering to established norms.
Official sources informed that the highest crop damage has been recorded at Bargarh Sadar block with over 310 hectare, followed by more than 230 hectare in Attabira.
With regard to the availability of water, Excise Minister RB Timmapur said that the inflow into Almatti dam stopped on October 13 itself.
It was decided that the common paddy and Grade 'A' paddy will be purchased at a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 2,183 and Rs 2,203 respectively.
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Meeting between district administration and paddy farmers remained inconclusive due to difference of opinion on the date
It is not just farm workers, but even small and marginal farmers are finding it difficult to face the drought like situation, especially in Adoni and Pathikonda revenue divisions.
During 2021-22 kharif season, the district administration had opened 105 paddy procurement centres and around 39,276 farmers had registered online for selling their produce.
Officials said that they have advised the farmers to take up alternative crops and even readied the seeds for distribution, but there are less takers.
In the non-food category, except for Sugarcane other crops such as cotton and Jute and mesta sowing acreage reduced. The cotton acreage reached 123.42 LHa compared to 127.57 LHa.
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Nayak further informed that sowing of non-paddy crops are underway since July end in different parts of the district.
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According to India Meteorological Department in Bhopal, the entire state as on September 3, 2023, has reported 18 percent below normal rain.
The sowing area of rice and coarse grains has increased while pulses, oilseeds, and non-food crops like cotton, Jute and mesta decreased.