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Paddy procurement

26
Mar

Market gasping with heavy paddy arrivals

Several tractors carrying paddy bags were seen lined up on both sides of the road in front of the regulated market in Ammoor near Ranipet on Tuesday.

The main gate of the market was closed due to the piling up of bags in the open space inside the market, due to lack of storage space.

The Ammoor regulated market which normally handles about 3500 bags daily has been facing excessively heavy arrivals in the last four days owing to surplus paddy production in the Sholinghur, Arakkonam, Ponnai, Katpadi and Kaveripakkam areas of Vellore district as well as Tiruttani in the neighbouring Tiruvallur district.

About 15,000 paddy bags have piled up inside the market in the last one week. Owing to lack of storage space, the authorities of the regulated market have been closing the main gate for the last four days, forcing the tractors carrying the paddy bags to be parked on both sides of the road.

Appeal

When asked about the problem, B. Kumaran, superintendent of the regulated market said that for the last one week, a board had been displayed outside the market, appealing to the farmers not to bring their produce till April 2 in view of the excessive stocks piling up inside the market.

C. Gopinathan, Secretary, Vellore District Market Committee said that the farmers were also being informed orally during the reading of the prices and disbursement of cash daily about the piling of the stocks and advised to bring stocks after April 2 when the situation would ease.

Besides lack of space, another problem was the difficulty in traders obtaining funds from banks to pay the farmers on account of the financial year end restrictions on outflow of funds. On Mondays and Fridays, the market could take an additional 50 bags, and the situation would return to normality within 10 days, he said.

Storage capacity

The Secretary said that while the regulated market in Ammoor has five sheds each of 500 metric tonnes (MT) capacity for storage, at any given time, only 350 MT could be stored in each shed in order to provide space for movement.

The government has issued an order even before the announcement of the Lok Sabha election schedule for the construction of four additional sheds in the Ammoor market, each of 500 MT capacity. Tenders would be floated for construction of the same after elections , he said.

Courtesy http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/market-gasping-with-hea...

25
Feb

Paddy procurement centres at six places

Direct paddy procurement centres have been set up at six places in Srivaikuntam, Tiruchendur and Tuticorin taluks in the district.

Joint Director of Agriculture N.K. Dhakshinamoorthy said here on Monday that the centres had been opened at Srivaikuntam, Kurumbur, Nazareth, Vasavappapuram, Iruvappapuram and Kulayankarisal. The paddy procurement price had been fixed at Rs. 1,360 for one quintal of common variety and Rs. 1,415 for Grade –A variety.

Paddy harvesting was in progress at some places in the district. During ‘kar’ and ‘pisanam’ seasons last year, paddy was cultivated on 9, 863 hectares. Since the start of 2014, the crop had been raised on 1,781 hectares.

Paddy cultivation had been taken up under summer crop package as per a directive of Collector M. Ravikumar. Four blocks with potential were identified. Under the package, the government had set a target to cover 2,600 hectares at Srivaikuntam, Alwarthirunagari, Karungulam and some parts of Tuticorin. Owing to late planting in Tiruchendur, the harvest was expected by April. With just a month away, he said the officials were hopeful of achieving the target. He said 819 more hectares would be covered under this programme by the end of March.

Courtesy :  http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/paddy-proc...

19
Feb

15,000 tonnes of paddy procured

The Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation has reached the halfway mark in paddy procurement in Erode district.

So far, 15,000 out of 30,000 tonnes anticipated have been procured through the 28 Direct Procurement Centres established throughout the district.

The rest of the procurement would be made by mid-March, said C. Muruganantham, Regional Manager of the corporation. The procurement process began last November.Last year, the procurement was nil despite the corporation opening a handful of district centres because of the drought conditions. With the water position in the Bhavani Sagar Dam comfortable, the Public Works Department was able to release water for paddy cultivation last August.The harvest was much higher — over 40,000 tonnes — during 2011-12.Farmers are given Rs. 14.15 a kg for Grade A varieties and Rs. 13.80 for common varieties. The corporation’s storage capacity is about 40,000 tonnes at its two godowns — 25,000 at Perundurai, and 15,000 at Sivagiri.This year, the entire paddy crop procured in the district had moisture content within the permitted upper limit of 16 per cent. This year, the supply of 30 winnowing machines made the task of cleaning the paddy before procurement easier, said Mr. Muruganantham, adding that the sunny weather condition in the harvest period has helped farmers to keep the moisture content within the specified limit.

Courtesy
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/15000-tonn...

7
Jan

Punjab millers hit by slow pace of rice procurement

Punjab's rice mills, mostly small and medium-sized units, are running at far below their full capacity, with entrepreneurs attributing this state of affairs to the government's policies. Low levels of rice procurement by the Central and state government agencies are forcing them to operate at low capacity, entrepreneurs complain.

Punjab, which contributes a large share to the Central pool for the public distribution system (PDS), has a total of about 3,050 small rice processing mills. These mills process non-basmati rice procured by the Central and state government agencies meant for the PDS. The millers are paid processing charges and also get the by-products of paddy, such as paddy husk and bran.

The president of the Rice Millers Association of Punjab, Tarsem Saini, told Business Standard that Punjab's mills have the capacity to process one lakh tonnes of rice a day, but the government agencies have been lifting only 50,000 tonnes daily across the state, forcing the mills to operate at half capacity.

"The slow movement of grain from the mills makes us slow down the processing. While we can finish the entire stock of 12.5 million tonnes by February 28, we have to stretch it to August," said Saini.

He added: "We met senior government officials to apprise them that due to the rise in the moisture content after February, the grain starts deteriorating and that is a loss to the millers. But we did not get any relief. Some affluent millers have installed sortex machines (machines that can segregate damaged and coloured grain from healthy grain) but very few can afford this."

Sushil Singla of Lakshmi Rice Mills, Samana, lamented that there has been no upgradation in the assessment method for rice, which is done manually. Last year, a substantial chunk of rice was rejected by Food Corporation of India officials, on grounds of "pinpoint damage". Even the Panjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, has found through studies that pinpoint-sized black spots on rice (or pinpoint damage) are evidence of excess iron and not signs of damage. But there is no clarity from any government agency on this.

Due to the annual hike in the power tariff and the consistent rise in wage rates, costs are steadily going up, but there has been no revision in processing charges for the past eight years. It is still Rs 15 per quintal, Singla added. The millers bear an additional maintenance cost of Rs 7-8 per quintal due to delayed processing.

Millers in the state speculate that as a result of the growing paddy acreage in the Eastern states - Orissa, West Bengal and even Chhattisgarh - rice-consuming states are now less dependent on Punjab. So, from 2010-11 on, the rice off-take from Punjab has slowed down. The shortage of staff in FCI is also, according to the millers, slowing the movement of rice from Punjab.

The millers remained on strike last month, to make the government aware of issues relating to rice processing. They resumed operations only early this month after an assurance from the state government.

Rice processing used to be a seasonal business, but has become an annual occupation due to lack of correct policies.

Gurdeep Cheema, the president of the Patiala Rice Millers Association, hopes that this is only a phase and that business will revive soon. The implementation of the Food Security Act, recently passed by Parliament, will trigger higher demand for food grain, and paddy processing in Punjab will see its fortunes restored, he hopes.

Courtesy : http://www.business-standard.com/article/sme/punjab-millers-hit-by-slow-...

7
Jan

Slow Paddy Procurement Leads to Distress Sale

Delay in lifting of paddy from the mandis by the procurement agencies of the State Government has led to distress sale benefiting rice millers and private traders.

According to reports from major paddy producing districts, huge stocks of kharif paddy are lying in open in different mandis and farmers waiting for days to sell their produce had no clue when their stock will be lifted by mandi functionaries.

“Government agencies are in cahoots with the rice millers and the deliberate delay in lifting the paddy will force the farmers to sell the paddy to the millers at cheaper rates,” said a ruling BJD MLA of Kalahandi district.

According to official reports, 10.23 lakh tonnes of paddy have been procured by the Government till January 3 against 14.27 lakh tonnes during the corresponding period last year.

The State Government has set a target for the Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation (OSCSC) to procure three lakh tonnes of rice (equivalent paddy of 4.41 lakh tonnes) from Bargarh district, considered the rice bowl of the State, during the current kharif marketing season.

The State public sector undertaking has procured four lakh tonnes of paddy against 5.18 lakh tonnes procured during the same period last year. The district yielded a bumper crop this kharif despite flash floods due to cyclone induced heavy rain in few areas.

Farmers of Kalahandi district are hit hard by the awfully slow pace of paddy procurement. The OSCSC has procured nearly 87,000 tonnes of paddy against 1.52 lakh tonnes during this period last year.

This is despite the fact that 122 Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS) are engaged in the district for procurement. Initially, 74 PACS were selected for procurement in the district.

The State run corporation has been procuring paddy through 2420 PACS in all districts.

The PACS are paid two per cent of the total proceeds towards mandi handling operations.

Similar is the situation in Sambalpur and Subarnapur, the two other major paddy producing districts in Western Odisha.

One lakh tonne of paddy has been procured in Sambalpur against 1.45 lakh tonne during the same period last year while in Subarnapur, 85,000 tonnes have been procured against a target of 1.47 lakh tonnes.

The Phailin affected Ganjam district is yet to open its account. The district lost its entire kharif crop to the devastating cyclone followed by subsequent flood.

Courtesy : http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/Slow-Paddy-Procurement-Lea...

4
Jan

Farmers Cry Foul over Paddy Procurement, Support Price

Allegations of distress sale of paddy have come to fore in Sundargarh district. While rice millers have been accused of unnecessary interference at the paddy procurement centres, the farmers alleged that they were not getting the right price for various reasons.

At a time when the district administration is struggling to streamline the procurement process, the poor farmers are resorting to distress sale.

The Civil Supplies Department through 109 procurement centres across the district is procuring paddy and the consignments are directly sent to nine authorised rice mills for processing.

Sources said the representatives of rice mills are ruling the roost at most of the centres. They resort to deduction of five to eight kgs of paddy from one quintal on the plea of presence of foreign articles and above 16 per cent of moisture content. The farmers had recently staged a protest in Lefripara block over the issue.

Sundargarh president of BJP Krushak Morcha Rabi Chandra Patel said in the name of ensuring Fair Average Quality (FAC), the agents of rice mills are bringing down the price by `65 per quintal by deducting the weight of five kg.

The practice is rampant in Subdega, Balishankara, Lefirpara, Bargaon and Tangarpali blocks and other parts of the district. If protested, the mill agents refuse to lift stocks.

Patel further pointed out that several eligible farmers have failed to get the Farmer Identity Cards (FICs) due to either large scale vacancy in Revenue Department or erratic work schedules of the officials.

In areas close to Chhattisgarh border, traders are procuring paddy from small farmers at a price between `1100 and `1150 per quintal and selling the stock to rice mills in Chhattisgarh for `1340 per quintal.

Duaru Deo of Saunamora village in Balishankar block said he has no FIC and recently he sold around 12 quintals to a trader at the price of `1150 per quintal. A week ago, some marginal farmers sold paddy at `1050 per quintal at Karamdihi in Subdega block.

Sundargarh-based Civil Supplies Officer (CSO) Abhiram Pradhan said so far around 14,000 tonnes have been procured against the target of 66,176 tonnes. He said the discoloured paddy is more and the Food Corporation of India is likely to refuse to buy red grains. Except minor hitches, the procurement process is running smoothly, he claimed.

Courtesy :  http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/Farmers-Cry-Foul-over-Padd...

23
Dec

Farmers Want Govt to Procure Paddy

Farmers were the worst sufferers due to a series of cyclones that caused severe crop damage in north Coastal Andhra in the last few months. But now, it is the turn of everyone in the state to bear the brunt as the prices of rice are expected to go up by at least 10-20 per cent in the next a few months. Chances of any bumper crop for rabi also appear to be bleak causing a statewide concern over availability of rice in the coming days and possible skyrocketing of their prices.

Due to incessant rainfall caused by a series of cyclones, paddy production in the region has been severely affected. As against the normal area of over six lakh hectare for paddy production in Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts, about five lakh hectares was brought under cultivation  during kharif season this year. But the paddy crop was damaged by over 50 per cent in Srikakulam district and another 40 per cent in Visakhapatnam district due to heavy rains. However, the loss is relatively negligible in Vizianagaram district.

According to an estimation by agriculture department, about 12.5 lakh tonne of paddy is produced in the north Coastal Andhra districts including over 5.2 lakh tonne paddy in Srikakulam district during kharif every year. An additional 3-4 lakh tonne paddy is produced during the rabi season. While fine rice varieties like Swarna, Sona and Samba Masoori are popular during the kharif season in north Coastal Andhra region, the 1001 variety rice which is distributed through fair price shops in the state, is widely cultivated during rabi.

“But with the recent rainfall, the production is likely to decrease by at least 50 per cent in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts. The only hope is that farmers have a bumber crop during rabi which could stablise the price hike which is already increasing in the market now,” said M Venkataramana, a rice merchant from Visakhapatnam who is in the rice business for the last 15 years. At present, the fine quality rice is being sold at Rs 42-Rs 55 per kg.

While the merchants and farmers predict a hike in rice prices, the agriculture department officials feel otherwise. Vizianagaram assistant director of agriculture Trinadha Swamy said that the rice price is likely to remain stable till completion of rabi season as paddy production is likely to increase in the region during the season.

While the entire paddy production of 3.24 lakh tonne in Vizianagaram is decreased by only 3,000 tonne, the remaining paddy production of about 9.26 lakh tonne fell by 50 per cent in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam district due to rains.

“Though 68 per cent rice can be produced from a tonne paddy, it is possible to produce only 50-60 per cent rice from the existing damaged paddy. Hence, about 3.8 lakh tonne rice can be produced from this paddy,” explained G Rambabu, a farmer from Srikakulam district. He said that incessant rains have severely damaged and discoloured the paddy crop which would result in lesser market price for them. Adding to this, farmers hardly cultivate paddy during rabi season in this region and only about 50,000 tonne rice is likely to supplied during rabi.

However, rice syndicates rule the roost in north Coastal Andhra region and when a crisis like heavy rains causes severe losses resulting in low production, they do not shy away from making some quick bucks. Farmers fear that rice millers will procure all paddy from farmers and create a shortage by preserving rice stocks to hike the price. They feel that the government should directly purchase paddy which would not only help farmers to get a remunerative price but also ensure price control in the market.

Vizianagaram district Rice Millers Association president Shiva admitted that some hoarders and black marketers are practicing illegal ways to earn huge profits. He said that restarting of rabi cultivations will help for stabilising rice price in the open market. He assured that the millers would cooperate with the officials in curbing illegal hoarding and blackmarketing of rice.

Courtesy : http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/Farmers-Want-Govt-...

27
Nov

State may meet paddy buying target despite Phailin

Severe damage to paddy crop due to cyclone Phailin and floods not withstanding, the Odisha government is confident of achieving the paddy procurement target in the current kharif market season (KMS).

The government aims to procure three million tonnes of paddy this year. The target was fixed before the cyclone battered the state. Last year, the state had procured 3.66 million tonne paddy against the target of 2.9 million tonne.

"We hope to achieve the target this year as the western Odisha districts have recorded bumper crop production in the current kharif," said state food supplies and consumer welfare minister Pratap Keshari Deb, here. While the farmers in south and north Odisha districts were severely affected by the twin calamities of cyclone and floods last month, the farmers in western Odisha were not affected. "The bumper harvest in western part of the state will help in achieving the procurement target," the minister said. The paddy procurement in some western Odisha districts has already started. Deb had come to Berhampur to attend the district collectors' conference on paddy procurement. The district collectors and civil supply officers (CSO) of eight southern Odisha districts and senior officers of the civil supply department, including its secretary Madhusudan Padhy, revenue divisional commissioner (RDC) southern division, Bikash Chandra Mohapatra attended the meeting.

The minister said, the state government would write to the Centre to procure the discoloured paddy from the state, particularly from the districts hit by Phailin and floods. "We have asked the district collectors to submit reports on the yield of damaged and discoloured paddy. Then we will write to the Centre to relax the norms for paddy procurement," he said. Though the exact amount of damaged and discoloured paddy produced in the state would be known only after crop cutting, the minister said, the quantities of this type of paddy would be huge as 40 percent area of the state was ravaged by cyclone and floods. Ganjam, a high paddy yielding state, was worst affected.

Since the southern Odisha districts bore the brunt of the natural calamities, the government has not fixed paddy procurement target for these districts. "The respective district administration will procure in these districts as per their convenience", minister said.

Courtesy : http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/state-may-meet-p...

25
Nov

Odisha to urge Centre to relax paddy procurement norms

 The government will write to the Centre, urging it to relax the norms of paddy procurement from the State by accepting discoloured paddy, particularly from the districts affected by cyclone Phailin and subsequent floods.

“We have asked the district Collectors to submit reports on the yield of damaged and discoloured paddy, and then we will write to the Centre urging it to relax the norms of paddy procurement,” Odisha’s Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Pratap Keshari Deb said here.

Though the exact quantity of damaged and discoloured paddy produced in the State would be known only after crop cutting, the Minister said the volume of such paddy would be huge as 40 per cent area of the State was ravaged by the cyclone and flood.

Ganjam, known as one of the rice-bowl districts, was the worst affected in the last month’s natural calamities.

The Minister was here to attend the district Collectors’ conference on paddy procurement for the kharif market season (KMS).

“We have discussed thoroughly about the procurement of discoloured paddy at the meeting and asked the Collectors to submit the report of expected yield of low grade paddy in their districts,” Mr. Deo said after the meeting.

Since the southern Odisha districts bore the brunt of the natural devastation, the government had not fixed paddy procurement target for these districts.

“We have also not fixed the procurement time. The district administration will begin to procure as per their convenience,” the Minister said.

Target

Despite the huge crop loss due to the cyclonic storm, heavy rains, and subsequent floods in at least 18 of the 30 districts of Odisha in October, the government is confident of achieving procurement target of paddy this year.

The government fixed the target of procuring 30 lakh tonnes (LT) paddy this year. The target was fixed before the cyclone battered the State and on the basis of last year’s production.

Last year, the State had procured 36.68 LT against a target of 29 LT.

“We hope to achieve the target this year in view of bumper crops in the districts in the western part of the State,” Mr. Deb added.

Courtesy : http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/odisha-to-urge-centre...

22
Nov

Paddy arrival picks up at procurement hubs in State

There had been consistent rise in paddy arrivals in the procurement centers of the primary agriculture produce co-operative committees in Chhattisgarh.

Latest Government data reveals that 24 of the 27 districts in the State had so far registered arrivals of 2.91 lakh metric tonnes of paddy during the ongoing special paddy procurement drive having been taken up between October 21, 2013 to February 15, 2014 in the State.

Out of the 2.91 lakh metric tonnes of paddy, 1.16 lakh metric tonnes is of grade ‘A’ category and 1.30 lakh metric tonnes is that of ‘Common’ category.

The maximum paddy arrival had been recorded in Mahasamund district  at 48,210 metric tonnes.

As per the paddy arrival data provided by MARKFED,  Raipur district has recorded 42,068 metric tonnes of paddy, Baloda Bazar-Bhatapara (21,782 metric tonnes), Gariaband ( 18,068 metric tonnes), Dhamtari ( 42,076 metric tonnes), Durg (21,909 metric tonnes), Balod ( 30,562 metric tonnes),  Bemetara (24,985 metric tonnes), Rajnandgaon (30,416 metric tonnes), Kabirdham (Kawardha) (2,486 metric tonnes), Bilaspur (2,924 metric tonnes), Mungeli (278 metric tonnes), Janjgir-Champa (54 metric tonnes),  Korba ( 48 metric tonnes),  Raigarh (2,398 metric tonnes),  Surguja ( Ambikapur) (321 metric tonnes), Balrampur-Ramanujganj (24 metric tonnes),  Koria ( Baikunthpur) (48 metric tonnes), Jashpur (192 metric tonnes), Bastar (Jagdalpur) (189 metric tonnes), Kondagaon (97 metric tonnes),  Narayanpur (47 metric tonnes),  North Bastar (Kanker) (2,204 metric tonnes) and Sukma (1 metric tonne). 

Courtesy : http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/raipur/paddy-arrival-picks-up...

7
Nov

Paddy purchase in Haryana up by 6% so far

CHANDIGARH: Paddy procurement in Haryana has risen by 6 per cent to 41.83 lakh tonnes (LT) in the ongoing procurement season so far.

Last season, 39.40 LT of the crop arrived in the corresponding period.

The government agencies purchased 34.28 LT of paddy, whereas over 7.55 LT of paddy have been purchased by millers, a Food and Supplies Department spokesman said.

He said that Food and Supplies Department has purchased 14.30 LT of paddy, Hafed 9.56 LT, Agro Industries Corporation 5.52 LT, Haryana Warehousing Corporation 3.26 LT, Confed 1.5 LT and Food Corporation of India had purchased 11,380 tonnes.

Courtesy : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/paddy-purch...

22
Oct

Work begins to procure 7.2 MT paddy in Chhattisgarh

Paddy procurement started in Chhattisgarh today with the state government setting a target to purchase 7.2 Million Tonnes (MT) of produce from the farmers.

Following the ensuing state assembly elections, the process started with a dim note as the model code of conduct had been in force in the state that goes to the polls in two phases in November. The paddy procurement would continue till February 15.

The state-run Marketing Federation (MARFED) would be the agency to procure paddy from the farmers. The federation would do the job through the 1333 primary cooperative societies constituted at the village level for the purpose. In all, 1970 procurement centres had been set up in the state.

"On the first day (today), about 900 quintals of paddy were procured in eight districts that started the process," a senior official with the MARKFED said. The reports from the other districts were awaited, he added.

The state government had set a target to procure about 7.2 MT of paddy in the kharif marketing season 2013-14. In the last season, about 7.1 MT of paddy was purchased by the government from the farmers. According to officials, paddy worth about Rs 9000 crore was purchased last year.

The state government spent another Rs 1926 crore to pay bonus to the farmers, who received Rs 270 for a quintal of paddy that they sold. Following the election code of conduct, the bonus amount could not be declared this year but the state government had announced it would pay it later.

The farmers this year would be entitled to get Rs 1345 for a quintal A-grade paddy while those selling common grade would get Rs 1310 for a quintal.

According to agriculture department officials, the target set for the paddy procurement could be achieved without problem as the state was expected to produce bumper paddy crop this year. They added that about 10 MT paddy yield was estimated in the state of which 7.2 MT would be purchased by the government.

Courtesy : http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/work-begins-to-p...

30
Sep

Supplyco to procure 75,000 tonnes of paddy

The Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco) will procure a minimum 75,000 tonnes of paddy from Palakkad in the current first crop harvest as against 65,308 tonnes in the last second crop season.

Arumugha Prasad, paddy marketing officer of Supplyco, said here on Friday that 27,194 farmers had registered their names with the corporation to supply paddy as against 19,257 farmers in the last season.

He said Supplyco would procure the entire paddy, and exceed its target in view of the bumper crop owing to good monsoon rain.

Paddy will be procured at Rs.18 a kg., Re.1 more than that in the last second crop of paddy season. Paddy procurement had started last week. Already 1,060 tonnes had been procured.

The major share was procured from Alathur and Chittur taluks.

Twelve private rice mills in Palakkad taluk and 11 mills in other taluks in the district had been authorised to buy paddy from farmers at the government fixed procurement price of Rs.18 a kg. Sixty-eight per cent of the total procurement by private rice mills would be converted as rice and supplied to Supplyco, Mr. Prasad said.

He said 11 out of the 12 officers allotted from the Agriculture Department for the procurement scheme had joined duty on Thursday.

Courtesy : http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/supplyco-to-p...

18
Apr

141 paddy procurement centres to be set up

Kakinada, A.P : With the officials of the agriculture department estimating a yield of 13 lakh metric tonnes of paddy during the current rabi season, arrangements are being made to set up 141 paddy procurement centres throughout the district to ensure remunerative price to the produce. Paddy has been transplanted in 1.6 lakh hectares during the current season and the farmers have kept their fingers crossed over the outcome. Paddy farmers from the district had been facing difficulties in the form the non-availability of water and natural calamities like cyclones for the past two years.

As the is good, the officials are keen on assuring a better price to the farmers and they are hopeful that the paddy procurement centres will give a tough competition to the private players and keep the prices of paddy stable. The government fixed minimum support price of Rs. 1,280 per quintal for the A-1 grade variety and Rs. 1,250 per quintal for the normal variety.

Addressing a review meeting with the millers and the officials of the Civil Supplies department, Joint Collector A. Babu on Wednesday said that the Food Corporation of India was not participating in the procurement, so that the government decided to procure the paddy through the millers.

Courtesy : http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/141-pa...

2
Jan

Over 33 lakh tonne paddy procured across 27 districts

According to an official statement issued here on Friday, the total paddy lifted for the season is 33,53,927 tonnes, out of which the rice millers had been provided 4.30 lakh tones, while 1,98,304 tonnes of custom milled rice had been deposited with the State Civil Supplies Department and the Food Corporation of India (FCI).

Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department, Vikassheel on Friday, held a review meeting through video conference from the Mantralaya, to inquire about the status of paddy procurement, their security and progress of custom milling in each district.

During the meeting, Vikassheel directed paddy to be transported from storages in the procurement centres having excess paddy than the buffer limit through MARKFED and the co-operative committees expeditiously.

He also directed that the rice millers be mobilised for the custom milling process and cheques be offered to the farmers the very day of rice procurement from them.

Vikassheel also directed district collectors to form a special probe team to regularly investigate whether paddy is being brought for sale from neighbouring States to the bordering districts of Jashpur, Balrampur, Sarguja, Raigarh, Mahasamund and Rajnandgaon.

The Managing Director, State Co-operative Marketing Federation, Managing Director, State Civil Supplies Corporation, Managing Director, State Warehousing Corporation and General Manager, Food Corporation of India (FCI) were present during the review meeting and expressed their views.

Courtesy :http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/raipur/118983-over-33-lakh-tonne-paddy-procured-across-27-districts-.html

31
Dec

Over 33 lakh tonne paddy procured across 27 districts

 More than 33 lakh tonnes of paddy have been procured by the State government across 27 districts, till now.

According to an official statement issued here on Friday, the total paddy lifted for the season is 33,53,927 tonnes, out of which the rice millers had been provided 4.30 lakh tones, while 1,98,304 tonnes of custom milled rice had been deposited with the State Civil Supplies Department and the Food Corporation of India (FCI).

Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department, Vikassheel on Friday, held a review meeting through video conference from the Mantralaya, to inquire about the status of paddy procurement, their security and progress of custom milling in each district.

During the meeting, Vikassheel directed paddy to be transported from storages in the procurement centres having excess paddy than the buffer limit through MARKFED and the co-operative committees expeditiously.

He also directed that the rice millers be mobilised for the custom milling process and cheques be offered to the farmers the very day of rice procurement from them.

Vikassheel also directed district collectors to form a special probe team to regularly investigate whether paddy is being brought for sale from neighbouring States to the bordering districts of Jashpur, Balrampur, Sarguja, Raigarh, Mahasamund and Rajnandgaon.

The Managing Director, State Co-operative Marketing Federation, Managing Director, State Civil Supplies Corporation, Managing Director, State Warehousing Corporation and General Manager, Food Corporation of India (FCI) were present during the review meeting and expressed their views.

Source: http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/raipur/118983-over-33-lakh-tonne-paddy-procured-across-27-districts-.html

 
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