Bhubaneswar, Aug 23: The Odisha government on Thursday extended the timeline for registration of farmers for paddy procurement for the 2023-24 kharif marketing season by another three days till August 25, 2023.
Farmers have been advised to submit the filled-in forms along with copies of ‘RoR’, the first page of the bank passbook, and a copy of the Aadhaar card at the society office by the extended date.
Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department Special Secretary Rajendra Mishra has written to the Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS)and all district collectors in this regard.
The government had given a month’s time from July 15 to August 16 for the registration of farmers for the sale of surplus paddy under the minimum support price scheme. Later, it extended the timeline by another six days till August 22 but failed to meet the target.
The state has been procuring paddy under the decentralized procurement system by using a unique IT application called the paddy procurement automation system (P-PAS). Kharif paddy procurement will start from November 1, 2023, to March 30, 2024.
A total of 16,555 farmers have registered for paddy procurement for the 2023-24 kharif marketing season by Tuesday.