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B’NGIR FARMERS DEMAND OPENING OF MANDIS Friday, 12 December 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
B’NGIR FARMERS DEMAND OPENING OF MANDIS
Friday, 12 December 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Members of the Kisan Mahasangha led by Sudhir Parischha and Jati Pradhan on Thursday staged a demonstration before the district Collectorate here demanding that the Mandis all over the district be made functional for procurement of paddy from farmers and to prevent distress sale of paddy within a week. They submitted a memorandum to this effect to the Chief Minister through the district administration.
In the absence of functioning of the Mandis in the district, farmers have been forced to sell their produce at rates below the declared minimum support price (MSP). Moreover, as decided at the district-level procurement committee meeting this year, small farmers should be able to sell 10 quintals of paddy directly and the limit for purchase of paddy from farmers should be raised to 20 quintals. However, the Government has fixed the limit at 12 quintals, which is unfair, the memorandum said.
By making the rule of the CAP storage system, rice mill owner has been given order to lift paddy from Mandis, which is illegal, added the memorandum. Unless these provisions are implemented, farmers of the district would resort to agitation, threatened Krushak Mahasangha president Sudhir Parischha.