Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet on Friday approved the Food and Procurement Policy for Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2022-23 to regulate all aspects of paddy and rice procurement.
The government has set a procurement target of 48 lakh Metric Tonne (LMT) in terms of rice for KMS 2022-23. In terms of paddy this comes to around 71 LMT. For Kharif, the tentative target for procurement of paddy would be 57 lakh MT & for Rabi 14 lakh MT. There is no bar for procurement of any higher quantum if more paddy comes to mandies from registered farmers.
Paddy (Kharif Crop) will be procured in the State during the period from November, 2022 to March, 2023 and Paddy (Rabi Crop) from May to June, 2023. Districts will schedule their procurement periods within these broad timelines.
Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2022-23 will commence from October 1 and end September 30. State Government will procure paddy during Kharif and Rabi seasons separately within the KMS. Paddy will be procured from registered farmers with payment of Minimum Support Price (MSP).
Paddy will be milled into rice by Custom Millers appointed for the purpose. The rice so obtained will be utilised in State’s Public Distribution System (PDS) to meet requirements under National Food Security Act, State Food Security Scheme & Other Welfare Schemes and the surplus rice will be delivered to the Food Corporation of India (FCI). The surplus rice is evacuated by FCI to deficit States.