1.27 lakh farmers registered for paddy selling this year

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Nov 2017 10:56:12


Staff Reporter,


Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said comparing to the previous year, 1.27 lakh more farmers have got their registrations done this year for paddy selling. Including this, total 15.79 lakh farmers have got their registration done for selling their paddy to primary cooperative societies, which is the highest till date.
These views were observed by the Chief Minister during the broadcast of the 27th episode of ‘Raman Ke Goth’ programme, which was aired on Sunday from Raipur centre of Akashwani.

The programme was broadcasted simultaneously from all Akashwani centers on Sunday.
The Chief Minister said the time has come to procure the paddy yield of Kharif season 2017. He said that paddy procurement will commence from November 15, which will go on till January 31, for which preparations have been completed. Numbers of procurement centres in the State have been doubled from 1,000 to 1,992.

The Chief Minister said transparent system for procurement and payment has been established, wherein, after paddy is procured from farmer, payment will be transferred to the farmer’s account on the same day. This year the coarse variety of paddy will be procured at Rs 1,550 per quintal while the fine variety of paddy at Rs 1,590 per quintal. The State Government will also distribute bonus at the rate of Rs 300 per quintal against paddy procurement in year 2018. In this way, farmers will get Rs 1,900 per quintal paddy. Similarly, corn procurement will commence from November 15 and go on till May 31 against a support price of Rs 1,425 per quintal.

Chief Minister said paddy is the lifeline of people in the plains while tendu-patta is lifeline of tribal areas and forest region here. We have empowered nearly 14 lakh farmers by procuring paddy at support price and providing them bonus on the same. Similar arrangements have been made to benefit the forest dwellers and tribal families from the trade of tendupatta. Keeping this in view, the state government has increased the wages of tendu-patta collectors from Rs 450 per standard sack to Rs 1500 per standard sack and then to Rs 1800 per standard sack. Now in the new season, State Government has decided to hike the wages to Rs 2500 per standard sack.

State Government has decided to organise tendupatta bonus tihaar from December 1 to December 10, wherein along with bonus distribution, the schemes for welfare of forest dwellers will also be publicised. State Government has distributed Rs 1842 crore as wages and Rs 1235 as bonus to tendupatta collectors in last 13 years. He also informed that the children of tendu-patta labourer families are provided scholarship of nearly Rs 5 crore every year.

Dr Singh said state government has provided forestland right certificates to more than 3.63 lakh families and has also distributed nearly 12,000 community forest rights certificates. About 2.58 lakh hectares land has been allotted to forest dweller families for farming. Apart from tendu-patta, mahua, sal seed, chiraunji guthli, harra, rangini lakh, kusumi lakh, tamarind are being procured at support price leading to generation of nearly Rs 100 crores as income for them.

The CM threw light on the Saubhagya Yojana announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wherein, 98.67% villages here have been electrified and only 465 villages and 700 majra tolas are remaining, which will be electrified by September 2018. He wished ‘Urja Utsav’ whould commence in state soon, so that the development of power supply facility is done at an accelerated pace.