Odisha become a rice surplus State, now focus on enhancement of storage space

Rice_ProcurementBhubaneswar:Odisha has become a rice surplus State, and procurement in the State is more than its requirement for public distribution system and other welfare schemes. This has come to light in the State level Procurement Committee Meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Jugal Kishore Mohapatra in secretariat conference hall today, wherein Secretary Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Sri Madhusudan Padhi presented the latest status of procurement for discussion.
Discussions in the meeting reveal that during 2013-14 KMS more than 32.92 lakh MT of paddy has been procured which is more than 22.28 MT of rice. Secretary Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Sri Padhi told that the entire paddy that came to mandis have been procured. Out of this procurement OSCSC alone has procured 96% ; and, other agencies like NAFED, TDCC, MARKFED, and FCI have procured around 4%. The sale of paddy by farmers in some districts has been low in comparison to last year because of crop loss due to the cyclone Phailine. During this KMS 2292 PACS, 139 WSHGs and 13 Pani Panchayats were involved in procurement through OSCSC. PACS have procured 92.22 % WSHGs have procured 1% and Panipanchyats have procured 0.06% of the total procurement of the Corporation. The farmers have been paid MSP within 7 days of sale through their bank accounts.. Khariff Paddy procurement has been closed from 30th April for this season. It has been decided to start Rabi procurement from tomorrow in 9 districts like Balasore, Bargarh, Bhadrakh, Kalahandi, Koraput, Nuapada , Rayagada and Sambalputr. Collectors have been advised to complete Rabi procurement before onset of monsoon.
As per the earlier decisions of Govt. more rice has been delivered to FCI for enabling OCSC to procure more paddy from farmers. The performance in this matter has exceeded last year. By 30th April,2014 more than 4.55 lakh MT of rice has been delivered to FCI. Online issue of delivery certificates to millers has helped close monitoring of this delivery. It has been targeted to give around 10 lakh MT of rice to FCI by 30th September,2014. Chief Secretary Sri Mohapatra has directed to keep the stock of rice to meet the State requirement at least for 3 to 4 months. Sri Mohapatra has also directed to take stringent actions against the defaulting millers under black marketing provisions of the law.
Chief Secretary has emphasized on enhancement of storage capacity at PACS and RMC level, and, has directed Cooperation department to fix time lines for completion of the construction of various godowns already taken up under different schemes. Secretary cooperation Sri Bishnupada Sethi, participating in the discussion appraised that till now the storage capacity for 10.29 lakh MT has been created. Other projects have been put to first track and it is expected that within a year the storage capacity will be enhanced to 15.29 lakh MT. Available data shows at present PACS are having 3130 no of godowns with capacity of 2.55 lakh MT. Besides PACS have taken up construction of another 298 godowns with 89400 MT capacity under RKVY. Out of this, 220 godowns have been completed adding another 66000 MT to the existing storage capacity; and, works in balance 78 projects are in different stages of completion. It has been decided to develop more purchase centers and critical facilities at PACS and level in coming years through RIDF loan or other schemes.
Additional chief Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Dr Taradatt, Principal Secretary Water Resources Sri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, MD OSCSC Sri Suresh Basisth, Secretary Pachayati Raj Sri D.K. Singh, Director Agriculture Sri S. Gopalan along with other senior officers participated in discussion.

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