Bhubaneswar: Odisha Cooperation Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain today said that the state government has emphasized on the procurement of pulses and oilseeds from farmers.
The minister said: “PACS has so far procured over 1,771 tons of moong and groundnuts from the farmers amounting to Rs 10.49 lakh.
So far 15900 farmers have registered their names and added that this is 178 percent more than the previous year. Money has been transferred directly to the accounts of farmers, added Minister Swain.
The Cooperation Minister said the motive of the government is to provide assistance for production of cereals and cash crops so that the economic status of the farmers will be increased. Swain said last year by August, 8856 farmers had registered their names during Rabi season. The registration has been extended till July 31.
The registration process has started from May 7. Last year, 55 PACS in eight districts have procured cereals and oilseeds from farmers. The minister said this year these products have been procured from 17 districts through 171 PACS. The process of collection will go on till August 5.
The minister said the guidelines announced by the government relating to COVID-19 is being followed strictly while the procurement process is on in different districts. He said social distancing is also strictly maintained at procurement centres.
Had a meeting with Member Secretary, OSAM Board, RCS, MD, OSCB and MD MARKFED today regarding effective implementation of #MoSarkar programme in Cooperation department.@CMO_Odisha @Coop_Odisha pic.twitter.com/xXrh3jyLiR
— Ranendra Pratap Swain (@rajaaswain) June 2, 2020