Farmers protest New Paddy Procurement Policy, threatens to take Streets

Jeypore, Dec 04: The farmers on Wednesday protested the new paddy procurement policy adopted by the government here. Even several farmer organisations of Koraput have threatened to take to the streets if the new online procedure will not be withdrawn.

The farmers staged a demonstration at Dangachinchi Large Agriculture Multi Purpose (LAMP) society office and blocked Jeypore-Malkangiri road after closing the mandi at Dangachinchi, protesting state government's policy of limitation on purchase of paddy per acre 12 quintal for non-irrigated land and 18 quinatal for irrigated land, and discrepancies in inclusion of farmers' names by each mandi in their online database. 

As per the state government's policy, each mandi would have to report their sale proceeds online to the concerned authorities on a daily basis.

Since the land settlement was not completed in the tribal region and the data related to farmers' land were not entered properly in the database, the procurement as per the rules would lead to losses, the farmers said.

They demanded that the procurement should be done as per the Krushak identity cards and not online database. As farmers have harvested around 20 quintals paddy per acre land using the SRI method, a slab on procurement has left them worried.

However, the district administration expressed helplessness stating that the entire paddy procurement policy was decided by the State Government. "The policy is uniform for the entire State and changes cannot be implemented at district level," said the Collector, Yamini Sarangi.

As per the State Government guidelines, the district administration opened about 30 mandis for procuring kharif paddy.