Bhubaneswar: Jan 20; The State Government has decided to procure a total of 4,500 metric tonnes of potato from farmers this year and start purchasing on March 1.
A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting held here on Monday. The potato would be procured through the Odisha State Cooperative Marketing Federation Ltd (Markfed).
While the State has targeted to buy potatoes over 10 times of previous year's procurement, the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (Nafed) is yet to take a call on it.
A committee comprising officials from Directorate of Horticulture, Markfed and Odisha State Civil Supply Corporation (OSCSC) has been formed to determine the FQ standard of potato. The corporation has been asked to provide Rs 1 crore from corpus fund for purchase of balance potato from framers.
Meanwhile, the Government has identified locations in all 30 districts for the purpose.
As per targets, 5,000 tonnes would be procured from Kendrapada district, 2,000 tonnes from Cuttack, 1,700 tonnes from Jajpur, 1,600 tonnes from Jharsuguda, 1,500 tonnes from Mayurbhanj, 1,404 tonnes from Koraput, 1,250 tonnes from Nabarangpur, 1,000 tonnes each from Puri, Rayagada and Bolangir, 850 tonnes from Dhenkanal and 573 tonnes to be procured from Ganjam district.
After procurement, tubers would be stored in two cold stores, a 2,000-tonne-capacity storage at Sambalpur and a 2,500-tonne-capacity storage at Bhubaneswar.
The State has now 28 cold stores out of which five are under the Cooperation Department. The total capacity of these cold stores is 1, 37,280 MT. The potatoes are stored in only 12 cold storages.
The Government has also planned to set up 10 new cold stores of 57,400 metric tonne capacity by March this year.