Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik requests PM Modi to issue direction to DFPD to accept the estimated surplus parboiled rice from the State for the next Kharif Marketing Season 2021-22
Patnaik said that Odisha became a Decentralised Procurement (DCP) state in 2003-04 Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) and since the State has been undertaking MSP operations for procurement of paddy in decentralised mode.
“Odisha is primarily a parboiled rice consuming State and, historically, therefore, Odisha’s rice milling industry overwhelmingly produces parboiled rice. The State is therefore not in a position to face the situation arising due to a paradigm shift in surplus rice delivery profile imposed on the State by DFPD,” the letter read.
Further, Non- lifting of the above quantity of surplus parboiled rice from the State due to the restrictions imposed by DFPD has the potential of severely affecting the State’s paddy procurement operations. This will affect about 10 lakh farmers and put them in serious trouble especially during this Covid pandemic situation.