.........JEYPORE: Koraput administration on Friday opened three mandis for procurement of rabi paddy. Farmers of Koraput, Jeypore, Kotpad, Borrigumma and Kundra had cultivated paddy in over 30,000 hectares of land in the rabi season. Crops in 3,000 hectares have been harvested. The Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies would procure 4,000 quintals of paddy from farmers in each mandi. The mandis would operate thrice a week. However, procurement in the mandis would be enhanced only after taking into consideration the flow of paddy.
Sources said as only eight millers of Koraput district are eligible for participating in procurement at mandis, the administration has invited millers of Kalahandi to lift stocks from Koraput farmers in the mandis.
Rice delivery by millers under custom milling system has been going on at a snailís pace in the district due to non-availability of government godowns. About 90 millers have not given 75 per cent of their targeted rice under the system.
As a result, they have been disqualified for participation in procurement.
On Friday, the administration opened mandis at Kaliagam, Jeypore and Dangar Paunsi villages and procured 3,000 quintals paddy from farmers.
Earlier, it was decided to start the mandis from May 20 and the government has targeted to procure about 3.5 lakh quintals paddy from farmers for the rabi season thorough 20 mandis in the district.