Agartala, Jun 8: In continuation to the initiative of the previous year to procure paddy directly from the farmers, Tripura government has announced its one and a half month long paddy procurement schedule across 18 locations of the state from June 10 next.
The food and civil supplies minister Monoj Kanti Deb said here today that each cultivator would sell out at least two quintals of paddy during the time and venue specified during the period as per the quality specification set by the department.
Tripura has been bringing about 2500 MT rice from outside the state annually despite having huge potential. But the local farmers have gradually been shifted from paddy cultivation because of non-availability of the market in the state, which drained out about Rs 250 Cr from the state.
“The Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb after assuming charge started procuring paddy from the local cultivators at Rs 17.50 per kilogram by which the paddy cultivation has started again in the state in large scale and also a conversion of cultivable land has been stopped,” Deb stated.Besides, procuring paddy locally, the state government has been milling the rice here that also created huge employment opportunity in the state, he said adding that the state government is ready to extend support to the entrepreneurs for setting up of an adequate number of rice mills – at present, the state has only two such mills.
At present, due to Rice Mill constraints, the government is unable to procure more paddy from farmers, even though the government is ready for more quantity”, Deb asserted. The state would procure at least 1000 MT of paddy this season through Food Corporation of India (FCI). (UNI)