A delayed paddy procurement in Gamjam district of Odisha has sent farmers into a rage. There are scores of mandis across the district but procurement of paddy has not started in several portions of the district, As a result of it , farmers are forced to sell their produce to traders from Andhra Pradesh, reports New Indian Express.
It is a measure of carelessness that procurement committees of cooperative societies have not been formed so far. Not only that, agreements between the millers and cooperative societies to lift purchased paddy from mandis are not signed in several blocks.
Sources say the Government has fixed minimum support price (MSP) at Rs 1470 per quintal for FAQ paddy and Rs 1590 per quintal for Grade-I, procurement centres have not started purchasing the produce.