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Mandis to be opened for Paddy procurement in Koraput

Koraput,November 24 : Mandis would be opened at as many as 41 places across Koraput district of Odisha for procurement of paddy during the kharif marketing season for the benefit of farmers.

The centres would be opened from December 11 and at least six lakh quintals of paddy will be procured in the district during this season, an official in the civil supplies department said today.

"Around 3,500 quintal of paddy will be procured at each mandi daily. The procurement centres will be opened on Tuesday and Friday. The farmers have been asked to bring fair average quality paddy," said civil supplies officer, Koraput, Ballav Chandra Das.

The mandis will remain open till we achieve the target set for procurement, he said.

The officer said tokens will be provided to farmers before the mandis open. "We will generate awareness about the procedure to be followed while selling paddy at the mandis through banners, posters and leaflets," he said.

Money would be transferred directly to the bank accounts of the farmers after paddy procurement is complete.

All steps are being taken to ensure smooth functioning of the mandis and ensure that the farmers face no difficulty, officials added.

The administration has also decided to install close circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the mandis.

"Middlemen often create disturbance. To ensure trouble-free procurement, we have decided to install CCTV cameras at the mandis," said Koraput district Collector Jaya Kumar V.

 

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