Bhubaneswar:Odisha’s Kharif paddy procurement has crossed 35 lakh tonnes by Sunday.

“Procurement is in full swing in all 30 districts of the State. A total of 35 lakh 6 thousand 183 tonnes of paddy has been procured so far which is 22 percent higher in comparison to last year paddy procurement till date. Last year on this day 28 lakh 81 thousand 475 tonnes of paddy procured by food supplies and consumer welfare department”, said State food supply minister Ranedra Pratap Swain

The minister has directed all officials to ensure smooth and hassle free paddy procurement. All steps should be taken so that the registered farmers can sale their paddy in the PACs/LAMPs/WSHGs with ease.

The food supplies and consumer welfare department is procuring paddy through P-PAS and issuing advance token to the registered farmers to make it more efficient and transparent.

So far 6,65,048 tonnes of paddy has been procured in Baragarh district which is 13 percent more in comparison to last year procurement on this day. Similarly, 2,84,493 tonnes of paddy procured in Bolangir, 1,14,325 MT in Ganjam, 4,12,645 tonnes in Kalahandi, 2,11,217 tonnes in Koraput, 1,35,618 tonnes in Nabarangapur, 1,20,967 tonned in Nuapada, 3,37,233 MT in Sambalpur, 2,81,435 tonnes in Subarnapur, 1,02,656 tonnes in Sundargarh and 1,03,082 tonnes in Malkangiri district.