Bhubaneswar, Mar 25: As many as 2.51 lakh sharecroppers registered during last three crop years, said Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain.
Answering the question of BJD MLA Bhupinder Singh in the Odisha Assembly on March 24, Swain said that as many as 12.59 lakh farmers registered in the year 2018-19 for selling their paddy to the government. In the year 2019-20 almost 12.35 lakh farmers got their name registered with the department. Similarly, as many as 14.99 farmers enrolled their names to sell their yield paddy to the government.
Apart from the farmers, sharecroppers up to 1.18 lakh got their names registered in their respective societies in the crop year 2018-19. Similarly, 0.80 lakh and 0.53 lakh sharecroppers enrolled during 2019-20 and 2020-21 respectively to take part in crop procurement, said Swain.