Ragi procurement for KMS 2020-21 inaugurated in Keonjhar

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Bhubaneswar: Ragi procurement for KMS 20-21 under the “Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal-cum-Mining areas of Keonjhar, Odisha under DMF was inaugurated today

The Odisha Millets Mission was initiated in Keonjhar district from Kharif 2019. It is a five-year programme funded by the District Mineral Foundation of Keonjhar covering mining-affected villages of 7 blocks in the districts viz. Banspal, Champua, Joda, Jhumpura, Harichandanpur, Hatadihi and Sadar. The programme aims to revive millets in farms and on plates by enhancing production, consumption, processing and marketing of millets through an integrated approach. More than 4000 farmers have been benefitted under the various components of the programme. Moreover, the Government of Odisha has launched procurement of Ragi at MSP from 2018 under which farmers are getting an assured price for Ragi. The Ragi thus procured is being used for State Nutrition Programmes (ICDS, MDM) and the Public Distribution System (PDS). Government of India and Niti Aayog have recognized the initiatives of Keonjhar District administration with the support of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) regarding the inclusion of Ragi Laddus as morning snacks for pre-school children enrolled under ICDS in the district.

Ragi procurement under KMS 2020-21 was inaugurated on 29th December 2020 in the presence of PD, DRDA-cum-CEO, DMF, Mr. Udhyaba Chandra Majhi, CDAO-cum-PD, ATMA, Keonjhar, Mr. Sarat Chandra Das. Scheme Officer, Odisha Millets Mission, Keonjhar, SPO-Livelihoods, DMF, Keonjhar DRCS-Keonjhar, ARCS-Champua, BM, TDCCOL, MD, LAMPCS, Balibandha, Secretary, RMC-Champua, CEO, SG Foundation, District Coordinator, Odisha Millets Mission and staff members of DPMU, Block Coordinators-OMM, CRPs-OMM, Farmers of Jhumpura Block and SHG members of Balibandha Federation were present at the inauguration event. 28 farmers of Jhumpura Block sold 61.80 quintals of Ragi. TDCCOL, Keonjhar would procure more than 2,300 quintals of Ragi through 16 ‘mandis’ across the seven blocks.

In Kharif 2020, 190 villages of seven blocks (Banspal, Sadar, Jhumpura, Harichandanpur, Champua, Joda and Hatadihi) have been covered by the programme under Improved Agronomic practices for millets. A total area of about 1050 hectares was brought under millet cultivation in Kharif 2020. In Rabi 2020, more than 500 hectares in these seven blocks and would be covered.

Procurement of Ragi for price support:

The Government of Odisha procures Ragi at MSP every year. MSP has been increased from Rs. 3,150/- per quintal to Rs. 3,295/- per quintal under KMS 2020-21 to support Ragi growing farmers for surplus Ragi produced. TDCCOL is the state procurement agency for the programme while a Millet-Procurement Automation System (M-PAS) has been developed for online farmers’ registration, which is facilitated by the Facilitating Agencies (FAs) and CRPs supported under the programme.

In addition to the above, the following support is also available for farmers:

  • Farmer Registration for Procurement of Ragi under KMS 2020-21
  • Awareness Campaigns on FAQ (Fair Average Quality) norms
  • Quality seed through Community Seed Centres and Participatory Varietal Trials
  • Support for Primary Processing (like threshing, de-stoning, de-hulling, pulverisation) through GP and Block level processing units
  • Marketing support through Farmer Producer Organizations
  • Training on Improved Agronomic Practices, Recipes and value-added products of millets, management of Custom Hiring Centre and Community Seed Centre, etc.

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