Procure Agri Products

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee President, Niranjan Patnaik today urged the Government to initiate steps to facilitate farmers getting genuine cost for their produce and make available sufficient storage facilities for agriculture produce.

Mr.Patnaik said every year Agencies of the Government procure only paddy and wheat providing minimum support price (MSP) while lakhs of tons of other produce such as oil seed, potatoes, onion, sugar cane, vegetables are sold in open market as per market determined prices.

“Because of this, many times farmers are compelled for distress sale as the Government does not have sufficient godown facilities to store the food grains,” he said.

He further said, Government agencies such as Food Corporation of India (FCI) procure only rice and wheat from government.

“Each year farmers in Odisha as well as other parts of the country expect to sell their produce at remunerative prices. But it does not happen. The Government agencies procure a part of the produce and there is shortage of godowns to keep these produce,” alleged the PCC President.

The procurement represents 33.3 percent of total production, he said and hoped this year it is expected that government agencies will procure around 35 per cent of the total produce.

Describing the Rs 200 hike in MSP for paddy as nominal, he said it is too less in comparison to the actual cost of production.

“This cannot be acceptable,” the Congress Chief Mr.Patnaik said, while adding he pointed out that the country produced around 146 million ton paddy every year between 2010-11 and 2014-15.

As much as 147 million ton paddy was produced during 2015-16 and in that year the Centre hiked MSP for paddy by Rs 50 per quintal.

“Based on that price Government Agencies procured around 43 million tons of paddy only which was around 29 per cent of the total production,” Mr.Patnaik said.

Similarly, 152.4 million ton paddy was produced in 2016-17 financial year and government hiked MSP by Rs 60 per quintal.

The procurement by Government Agencies was a meagre 46 million tons -- 30.18 per cent of total production, he added.

In the last fiscal a total 156.12 million tons of paddy was produced while only 52 million tons were procured and the hike in MSP was Rs 80  per quintal, the PCC President said.

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